Solvent definition

sŏlvənt, sôl-
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Able to pay all one's debts or meet all financial responsibilities.
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A substance, usually liquid, that dissolves or can dissolve another substance.
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That dissolves or can dissolve another substance.
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Something that solves or explains; solution.
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A substance that can dissolve another substance, or in which another substance is dissolved, forming a solution. Water is the most common solvent.
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Solvent is defined as a liquid substance used to dissolve other items.

An example of a solvent is lye.

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The definition of solvent is having more assets than liabilities and something that has the power to dissolve other items.

An example of a company that is solvent is a company that makes a profit and has enough money to pay its debts.

An example of solvent is a description for a chemical that can dissolve rust.

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Something that solves or explains.
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A substance in which another substance is dissolved, forming a solution.
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A substance, usually a liquid, capable of dissolving another substance.
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A liquid that dissolves a solid, liquid, or gaseous solute, resulting in a solution.
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That which resolves.

A solvent of mystery.

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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 The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
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Able to pay all debts as they become due, and having no more liabilities than assets.
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Having the power of dissolving; causing solution.
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Capable of meeting financial obligations.
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(chemistry) Capable of dissolving another substance.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
solvent
Plural:
solvents

Origin of solvent

  • French from Latin solvēns solvent- present participle of solvere to loosen solve

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From French solvent, from Latin solventem, accusative singular of solvens, present participle of solvō.

    From Wiktionary