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Definition of Mercury

Mercury

  1. A Latin god of commerce and gain; -- treated by the poets as identical with the Greek Hermes, messenger of the gods, conductor of souls to the lower world, and god of eloquence.
  2. A metallic element mostly obtained by reduction from cinnabar, one of its ores. It is a heavy, opaque, glistening liquid (commonly called quicksilver), and is used in barometers, thermometers, ect. Specific gravity 13.6. Symbol Hg (Hydrargyrum). Atomic weight 199.8. Mercury has a molecule which consists of only one atom. It was named by the alchemists after the god Mercury, and designated by his symbol, /.
  3. One of the planets of the solar system, being the one nearest the sun, from which its mean distance is about 36,000,000 miles. Its period is 88 days, and its diameter 3,000 miles.
  4. A carrier of tidings; a newsboy; a messenger; hence, also, a newspaper.
  5. Sprightly or mercurial quality; spirit; mutability; fickleness.
  6. A plant (Mercurialis annua), of the Spurge family, the leaves of which are sometimes used for spinach, in Europe.
  7. To wash with a preparation of mercury.

Mercury Quotations

Is it a surprise that into the vessel, in which the mercury has no inclination and no repugnance, not even the slightest, to being there, it should enter and should rise in a column high enough to make equilibrium with the weight of the external air which forces it up?
Evangelista Torricelli

I treat myself pretty good. I take lots of vacations, I eat well, I take supplements, I do mercury detox, I get plenty of sleep, I drink plenty of water and I stay away from drama and stress.
Reba McEntire

Freddie Mercury, to me, was probably the most important frontman to me growing up.
Gerard Way

I would quite like to play a big concert as Freddie Mercury. I can't sing that great and I haven't yet found a use for the over large size of my teeth. I quite fancy a mustache like that and he was such a great showman.
Kate Beckinsale

Given that I can't sing like Freddie Mercury, obviously I'm not going to pursue it as a career. What would be the point?
Kate Beckinsale
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Mercury Translations

mercury in Dutch is Mercurius
mercury in French is mercure
mercury in German is Quecksilber
mercury in Hungarian is higany
mercury in Italian is argento vivo
mercury in Spanish is Mercurio, mercurio
mercury in Swedish is kvicksilver
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