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1 a heavy silvery toxic univalent and bivalent metallic element; the only metal that is liquid at ordinary temperatures [syn: quicksilver, hydrargyrum, Hg, atomic number 80]
2 (Roman mythology) messenger of Jupiter and god of commerce; counterpart of Greek Hermes
3 the smallest planet and the nearest to the sun
4 temperature measured by a mercury thermometer; "the mercury was falling rapidly"

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see Mercury




  1. A silvery-colored metallic chemical element, liquid at room temperature, with atomic number 80 and symbol Hg.
  2. (weather) The ambient temperature.(Due to mercury's use in thermometers)
    The mercury there has averaged 37.6C, 2.3C above the February norm.



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Extensive Definition

Mercury commonly refers to:
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Food & drink



surname Mercury





  • Inch of mercury, a measuring unit for pressure utilizing the element mercury




Specific compounds of Mercury are listed in :Category:Mercury compounds.


Computer hardware, software and systems



  • Mercury arc valve, a rectifier device intended for high electrical voltages/currents
  • Mercury battery, an electrochemical battery
  • Mercury coulometer, an electro analytical chemistry device that determines the amount of matter transformed during a mercury reaction
  • Mercury probe, an electrical probing device to sample for electrical characterization
  • Mercury switch, a electrical circuit, on-off switch using the element mercury
  • Mercury swivel commutator, a electrical circuit, current-reversing switch using the element mercury
  • Mercury-vapor lamp, a gas discharge lamp that uses the element mercury in an excited state to produce light


  • Mercury glass, a variety of reflective products having the element mercury sandwiched between two glass panes
  • Mercury laser, a high-average-power laser system using the element mercury
  • Mercury mirror, a parabolic shape telescope dish having a layer of reflective mercury
  • Mercury silvering, a technique to apply a thin layer of a precious metal to a base metal object



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mercury in Breton: Merc'her
mercury in Bulgarian: Меркурий
mercury in Catalan: Mercuri
mercury in Cebuano: Mercury
mercury in Czech: Merkur
mercury in Danish: Merkur
mercury in German: Merkur
mercury in Spanish: Mercurio
mercury in Basque: Merkurio
mercury in French: Mercure
mercury in Galician: Mercurio
mercury in Korean: 머큐리
mercury in Croatian: Merkur
mercury in Icelandic: Merkúríus
mercury in Italian: Mercurio
mercury in Hebrew: מרקורי
mercury in Georgian: მერკური
mercury in Cornish: Mergher
mercury in Haitian: Mèki (menm non)
mercury in Kurdish: Tîr
mercury in Latin: Mercurius
mercury in Luxembourgish: Merkur
mercury in Lithuanian: Merkurijus
mercury in Maltese: Merkurju
mercury in Dutch: Mercurius
mercury in Dutch Low Saxon: Merkurius
mercury in Japanese: マーキュリー
mercury in Novial: Merkurie
mercury in Occitan (post 1500): Mercuri
mercury in Low German: Merkur
mercury in Polish: Merkury (ujednoznacznienie)
mercury in Portuguese: Mercúrio
mercury in Kölsch: Merrkuur (Watt ėßß datt?)
mercury in Russian: Меркурий
mercury in Simple English: Mercury
mercury in Slovak: Merkúr (rozlišovacia stránka)
mercury in Slovenian: Merkur (razločitev)
mercury in Serbian: Меркур
mercury in Swedish: Mercury
mercury in Tagalog: Mercury
mercury in Vietnamese: Thủy Tinh
mercury in Turkish: Mercury
mercury in Ukrainian: Меркурій
mercury in Venetian: Mercùrio
mercury in Contenese: Mercury

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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