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1solvent

adjective sol·vent \-vənt\

: able to pay debts

Full Definition of SOLVENT

1
:  able to pay all legal debts <a solvent company>
2
:  that dissolves or can dissolve <solvent action of water>
sol·vent·ly adverb

Examples of SOLVENT

  1. He couldn't stay solvent after losing his business.

Origin of SOLVENT

Latin solvent-, solvens, present participle of solvere to dissolve, pay
First Known Use: 1630

Other Chemical Engineering Terms

alkali, cation, decant, hygroscopic, isotope, oxidize, slurry, solute, viscous

2solvent

noun

: a liquid substance that is used to dissolve another substance

Full Definition of SOLVENT

1
:  a usually liquid substance capable of dissolving or dispersing one or more other substances
2
:  something that provides a solution
3
:  something that eliminates or attenuates something especially unwanted
sol·vent·less \-ləs\ adjective

First Known Use of SOLVENT

1671

Other Chemical Engineering Terms

alkali, cation, decant, hygroscopic, isotope, oxidize, slurry, solute, viscous
SOLVENTLESS Defined for Kids

solvent

noun sol·vent \ˈsäl-vənt, ˈsl-\

Definition of SOLVENT for Kids

:  a usually liquid substance in which other substances can be dissolved or dispersed <Turpentine is a solvent for paint.>

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