quicksilver


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Synonyms for quicksilver

a heavy silvery toxic univalent and bivalent metallic element

liable to sudden unpredictable change

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While he was speaking, Quicksilver seemed to be in search of something; he went stooping along the ground, and soon laid his hand on a little plant with a snow-white flower, which he plucked and smelt of.
But he had taken only a few steps, when, recollecting some other questions which he wished to ask, he turned round again, and beheld nobody on the spot where Quicksilver had stood; for that winged cap of his, and those winged shoes, with the help of the winged staff, had carried him quickly out of sight.
For now I know that thou art he of whom Quicksilver forewarned me, the most prudent of mortals, against whom no enchantments can prevail.
And with every revolution of the wheels beneath him, the unquiet quicksilver in his breast told him that at midsummer he would be in London.
I had a hand which could never remain at rest, a hand like quicksilver, -- you knew its quality, for you have seen me at work.
I think," she murmured, "that some of us in our youth must have drunk from some poisoned cup, something which turned our blood into quicksilver.
Well, then I happened to think how they always put quicksilver in loaves of bread and float them off, because they always go right to the drownded carcass and stop there.
Lake Gladys--my own lake--lay like a sheet of quicksilver before me, with a reflected moon shining brightly in the center of it.
It is a mirror which no stone can crack, whose quicksilver will never wear off, whose gilding Nature continually repairs; no storms, no dust, can dim its surface ever fresh; -- a mirror in which all impurity presented to it sinks, swept and dusted by the sun's hazy brush -- this the light dust-cloth -- which retains no breath that is breathed on it, but sends its own to float as clouds high above its surface, and be reflected in its bosom still.
As we approached it, there was the wooden drawbridge and the beautiful broad moat as still and luminous as quicksilver in the cold, winter sunshine.
The other day he was pretending to tap a man's brain and get quicksilver out of it.
But all was glassy calm, each great sea, of all the orderly procession of great seas, heaving up, round-topped and mountainous, like so much quicksilver.
she said, going to a mirror, from which the quicksilver was peeling, and which presented her features to her upside down.
Quicksilver Scientific's Mercury Tri-Test analyzes the trifecta of blood, hair, and urine simultaneously to provide complete analysis of mercury toxicity.
Frederick Fleay, for example, stepped aside from his sequential account of Chapman's plays in A Biographical Chronicle of the English Drama to offer the aside that Quicksilver is 'a caricature of Luke Hatton'.