- (astronomy) The planet in the solar system with the closest orbit to the Sun, named after the god; represented by ☿.
- (Roman mythology) The Roman god associated with speed, sometimes used as a messenger. He wore winged sandals. Mercury corresponded to the Greek god Hermes.
- (planets of the Solar System) planets of the Solar System; Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune
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Mercury (plural Mercuries)
- (dated) A carrier of tidings; a newsboy; a messenger.
- (dated) A newspaper.
- 1848, Thomas Babington Macaulay, chapter 21, in The History of England from the Accession of James II:
- No allusion to it is to be found in the monthly Mercuries.
Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for Mercury in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)
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