Silver or metallic gray is a colortone resembling gray that is a representation of the color of polished silver.
The visual sensation usually associated with the metal silver is its metallic shine. This cannot be reproduced by a simple solid color, because the shiny effect is due to the material's brightness varying with the surface angle to the light source. In addition, there is no mechanism for showing metallic or fluorescent colors on a computer without resorting to rendering software which simulates the action of light on a shiny surface. Consequently, in art and in heraldry one would normally use a metallic paint that glitters like real silver. A matte grey color could also be used to represent silver.
The first recorded use of silver as a color name in English was in 1481. In heraldry, the word argent is used, derived from Latin argentum over Medieval French argent.
A silver maple is characterized by lacy, delicate leaves that are lighter grayish-green on the underside. These trees get their name from the shimmering effect the two-toned leaves give when fluttering in a breeze.
The Chinese name Silver River () is used throughout East Asia, including Korea and Japan to denote the Milky Way Galaxy (An alternative name for the Milky Way in ancient China, especially in poems, is "Heavenly Han River"().). In Japanese, "Silver River" ( ginga) means galaxies in general and the Milky Way is called the "Silver River System" ( gingakei) or the "River of Heaven" ( Amanokawa or Amanogawa).
The silver screen is a poetic name for a motion picture screen. This metaphor derives from the early 20th century, when all movies were filmed in black and white. Some screens of the era used metallic silver as a reflecting agent... they were literally silver (coated) screens.
The 25th wedding anniversary is called the silver anniversary and guests at a 25th wedding anniversary party are expected to bring gifts made of silver. By extension, the 25th anniversary of any important event is called its Silver Jubilee.
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