- (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.
- (astronomy, astrology): ☿
- (planets of the Solar System) planets of the Solar System; Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune
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- A carrier of tidings.
- A newsboy, a messenger. [16th–19th c.]
- A footman.
- Someone who carries messages between lovers; a go-between. [from 17th c.]
- 1751, [Tobias] Smollett, chapter 63, in The Adventures of Peregrine Pickle […], volume II, London: Harrison and Co., […], published 1781, OCLC 316121541:
- His Mercury having made his observations, reported, that there was no body in the coach but Mrs. Hornbeck and an elderly woman, who had all the air of a duenna, and that the servant was not the same footman who had attended them in France.
- A newspaper. [from 17th c.]
- 1849–1861, Thomas Babington Macaulay, chapter 21, in The History of England from the Accession of James the Second, volume (please specify |volume=I to V), London: Longman, Brown, Green, and Longmans, OCLC 1069526323:
- 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 The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.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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