solvent

adjective
sol·​vent | \ ˈsäl-vənt How to pronounce solvent (audio) , ˈsȯl- \

Definition of solvent

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : able to pay all legal debts a solvent company
2 : that dissolves or can dissolve solvent action of water

solvent

noun

Definition of solvent (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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Other Words from solvent

Adjective

solvently adverb

Noun

solventless \ ˈsäl-​vənt-​ləs How to pronounce solventless (audio) , ˈsȯl-​ \ adjective

Examples of solvent in a Sentence

Adjective He couldn't stay solvent after losing his business.
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Airlines worldwide have had to balance passenger fears of contracting the virus with the companies’ own needs to remain solvent as travel plummeted. Justin Bachman, Bloomberg.com, "Southwest Opens Middle Seats, Leaving Delta, Alaska as Holdouts," 22 Oct. 2020 New York State’s budget director, said that restaurants’ continued adherence to strict safety regulations, as well as the state’s ability to keep the infection rate low, would help to reassure diners and enable more restaurants to stay solvent. New York Times, "These Restaurants Reopened. That Doesn’t Mean They’ll Survive.," 30 Sep. 2020 The Fed lacked the legal authority to buy banks and keep them solvent, which is the only thing that would have helped. Bruce Bartlett, The New Republic, "The Libertarian Ideas That Wrecked the Fed," 21 Sep. 2020 The government money directly subsidized farmers hurt by the trade war to help keep them solvent. Jim Spencer, Star Tribune, "Ethanol waivers become central issue in presidential battle for Minnesota farm votes," 18 Sep. 2020 Theater chains, meanwhile, are struggling to remain solvent. CBS News, ""Tenet" grosses respectable $20 million in opening weekend," 8 Sep. 2020 Theater chains, meanwhile, are struggling to remain solvent. Jake Coyle, USA TODAY, "Christopher Nolan's 'Tenet' earns modest $20.2M in biggest moviegoing weekend of the pandemic," 8 Sep. 2020 When the novel coronavirus swept through the travel industry in March, grounding flights and stalling airplane orders, TransDigm didn’t wait for a congressional bailout in order to keep itself solvent. Lydia Depillis, cleveland, "The big corporate rescue and the America that’s too small to save," 12 Sep. 2020 When the novel coronavirus swept through the travel industry in March, grounding flights and stalling airplane orders, TransDigm didn’t wait for a congressional bailout in order to keep itself solvent. Lydia Depillis, ProPublica, "The Big Corporate Rescue and the America That’s Too Small to Save," 12 Sep. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The programs must lend to solvent entities and be broad-based, rather than targeting one or two individual firms. Jeanna Smialek, New York Times, "The Fed’s $4 Trillion Lifeline Never Materialized. Here’s Why.," 21 Oct. 2020 In the right solvent, long plastic polymers would have a higher affinity for the surface of the silicon oxide and thus attach themselves to the surface. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "If recycling plastics isn’t making sense, remake the plastics," 18 Oct. 2020 Banking was used as a weapon against legal, solvent businesses by the Obama administration during Operation Choke Point, a program to deny the disfavored access to banking services. James Freeman, WSJ, "Trump’s Next Great Hire," 16 Oct. 2020 In his 35-minute address, the mayor reviewed the impact of the coronavirus on Cleveland, discussed the stability of the city’s budget and laid out steps the city has taken to remain solvent without layoffs. Robert Higgs, cleveland, "Coronavirus pandemic put spotlight on institutionalized disparities that must be addressed, Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson says," 9 Oct. 2020 Pritzker has estimated a revenue loss of $6.5 billion this budget year and next and has helped to keep the spending plan solvent with $5 billion in federal borrowing. Rick Pearson, chicagotribune.com, "Emotional arguments project hope and fear as voters set to decide what could be Illinois’ biggest taxation shift in four decades," 18 Sep. 2020 Methanol, also known as wood alcohol, is used as an industrial solvent. Carrie Arnold, National Geographic, "Tainted sanitizers and bootleg booze are poisoning people," 19 Aug. 2020 According to the Hazardous Substances Data Bank kept by the National Institutes for Health, cyclohexanone is an oily, white to pale-yellow solvent used in manufacturing nylon and for thinning resins and lacquers. John D'anna, The Arizona Republic, "One of the derailed Tempe tanker cars was carrying cyclohexanone. Should we be worried?," 29 July 2020 These will be just two of a package of reforms that will keep the Social Security system solvent for generations to come – no matter who is sitting in the White House. Tom Margenau, Dallas News, "Clearing up the confusion: Trump and the future of Social Security," 4 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of solvent

Adjective

1630, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1671, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for solvent

Adjective

Latin solvent-, solvens, present participle of solvere to dissolve, pay

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Time Traveler for solvent

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The first known use of solvent was in 1630

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Last Updated

25 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Solvent.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/solvent. Accessed 29 Oct. 2020.

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More Definitions for solvent

solvent

adjective
How to pronounce solvent (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of solvent

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: able to pay debts

solvent

noun

English Language Learners Definition of solvent (Entry 2 of 2)

technical : a liquid substance that is used to dissolve another substance

solvent

noun
sol·​vent | \ ˈsäl-vənt How to pronounce solvent (audio) , ˈsȯl- \

Kids Definition of solvent

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

solvent

adjective
sol·​vent | \ ˈsäl-vənt, ˈsȯl- How to pronounce solvent (audio) \

Medical Definition of solvent

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: that dissolves or can dissolve solvent fluids solvent action of water

solvent

noun

Medical Definition of solvent (Entry 2 of 2)

: a substance capable of or used in dissolving or dispersing one or more other substances especially : a liquid component of a solution present in greater amount than the solute

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solvent

adjective
sol·​vent | \ ˈsäl-vənt How to pronounce solvent (audio) \

Legal Definition of solvent

: able to pay all legal debts as they become due

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