Origin of quicksilverMiddle English from Old English cwicseolfor from cwicu, living (see quick) + seolfor, silver: translated, translation of Classical Latin argentum vivum, literally , living silver: from its liquid form
- of or like mercury
- suggestive of mercury; specif., quick, lively, brilliant, etc.
Origin of quicksilverMiddle English from Old English cwicseolfor living silver ( translation of Latin argentum vīvum ) cwic, cwicu alive ; see gwei- in Indo-European roots. seolfor silver ; see silver .
- The metal mercury.
- (colloquial) An amalgam of mercury and tin applied to the backs of mirrors, quicksilvering.
(third-person singular simple present quicksilvers, present participle quicksilvering, simple past and past participle quicksilvered)
From Middle English quyksilver, from Old English cwicseolfor. Literally "living silver" from its ability to move. See quick in the sense of living.
quicksilver - Computer Definition
(1) (QuickSilver Technology, Inc., San Jose, CA) A mobile communications company that specialized in a reconfigurable logic chip for cellphones and PDAs. The company closed its doors in early 2015. See adaptive computing.
(2) An earlier browser plug-in from Micrografx that allowed a variety of vector drawings to be viewed from the Web.
(3) An earlier family of dBASE III PLUS compilers developed by WordTech Systems, Inc. In 1992, the technology was acquired by Borland.