What is mercury?

  • (noun): A heavy silvery toxic univalent and bivalent metallic element; the only metal that is liquid at ordinary temperatures.
    Synonyms: quicksilver, hydrargyrum, Hg, atomic number 80
    See also — Additional definitions below


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Big Joe 1
... Joe 1 (Atlas 10-D) launched an unmanned boilerplate Mercury capsule from Cape Canaveral, Florida on September 9, 1959 ... The objective of the Big Joe program was to test the Mercury spacecraft ablating heat shield ... It was also the first Project Mercury flight using an Atlas booster ...
I'm Going Slightly Mad - Video
... on his head and riding a tricycle while Mercury sneaks up on him and is chasing him, a man in a gorilla suit, bassist John Deacon as a jester, and Mercury ... Queen video to feature significant creative input from Mercury ... in "These Are the Days of Our Lives", the last video Mercury ever filmed (in May 1991), where he hardly moves around at all, as his condition had deteriorated further ...
Mercury - Other Uses
... Mercury (astrology), the astrological use of the planet Mercury (cipher machine), a British cipher machine from the 1950s Mercury (novel), by Ben Bova Mercury (plant), members of the plant genus Mercurialis Mercury (sat ...
Ferranti Mercury - Mercury
... built the Mark I for the university, continued development of the prototype Meg to produce the Mercury ... Much detailed information both about the Mercury hardware and the Autocode coding system is included in a downloadable Spanish-language Autocode manual ... The first of an eventual 19 Mercury computers was delivered in August 1957 ...
History Of Street Lighting In The United States - Means of Electric Light Generation - Mercury Vapor
... In 1948, the first regular production mercury vapor (MV) streetlight assembly was developed ... Mercury lamps developed in the mid 1960s were coated with a special material made of phosphors inside the bulb to help correct the lack of orange/red light from mercury vapor ... Mercury Vapor Bulbs come in either clear or coated with powers of 50, 100, 175, 250, 400, 700 or 1,000 Watts ...

More definitions of "mercury":

  • (noun): (Roman mythology) messenger of Jupiter and god of commerce; counterpart of Greek Hermes.
  • (noun): The smallest planet and the nearest to the sun.
  • (noun): Temperature measured by a mercury thermometer.
    Example: "The mercury was falling rapidly"

Famous quotes containing the word mercury:

    The mercury sank in the mouth of the dying day.
    What instruments we have agree
    The day of his death was a dark cold day.
    —W.H. (Wystan Hugh)