solvent

adjective
sol·​vent | \ ˈsäl-vənt, 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 , ˈsȯl-​ \ adjective

Examples of solvent in a Sentence

Adjective

He couldn't stay solvent after losing his business.

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Humor is the universal solvent against the abrasive elements of life. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "Read Alan Simpson's Full Eulogy Honoring George H.W. Bush," 5 Dec. 2018 Contaminants, such as microorganisms like E. coli, pesticides, solvent byproducts used to synthesize marijuana oils, or heavy metals. Michael Zoorob, Washington Post, "How will you know if there’s E. coli in your marijuana? No one’s figured out how to test and regulate it yet.," 19 Mar. 2018 The National Flood Insurance program was solvent through 2004. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Flood insurance is broken," 20 Sep. 2018 Based on estimates in the trustees report, the more immigrants that come in, the longer the Social Security system will stay solvent. Alexia Fernández Campbell, Vox, "Why baby boomers need immigrants to fund their retirement, in 2 charts," 1 Aug. 2018 Debtor nations that borrow from others to remain solvent eventually lose power to control their own destinies. WSJ, "Boosting Industry Isn’t Trump’s Sole Trade Goal," 11 July 2018 In response to the financial crisis, Congress last October voted to cancel $16 billion of NFIP’s outstanding debt to the Treasury to help keep the program solvent. Daniel Cusick, Scientific American, "As Hurricane Season Ramps Up, Flood Insurance Program Set to Expire," 11 July 2018 The federal government, meanwhile, plans to clean up a plume of cancer-causing solvent discovered beneath a former Kiel Bros. station that threatens drinking water near the Pence family's hometown. Brian Slodysko, Houston Chronicle, "Pence family gas stations left costly environmental legacy," 13 July 2018 But does City Hall need the tax just to remain solvent? Ryan Lillis, sacbee, "Would Sacramento's proposed sales tax increase go to pensions, salaries?," 21 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The spill initially was thought to be all acetone — a solvent used in many nail polish removers that can irritate the nose, throat, eye and skin at moderate to high levels of exposure. Joy Resmovits, latimes.com, "A chemical spill, unchecked eyewash stations, poor training: Audit details Cal State's lax lab safety," 25 Apr. 2018 The company says its cocktail of solvents can separate oil from rocks at little cost and with no water or air pollution. Clifford Krauss, The Seattle Times, "Canadian firm tests new process to turn Utah sands into oil," 27 Aug. 2018 In his 121-page findings, Zilly found that Troy, now defunct, and LeatherCare were equally at fault for the pollution, even if there were few environmental standards governing the industry when PCE was commonly used as a solvent. Steve Miletich, The Seattle Times, "Judge holds Seattle Times, leather-cleaning company responsible for cleanup costs at former Troy Laundry site," 24 Aug. 2018 But numerous humans errors at Northrop Grumman over the last few months have stalled the telescope’s development: an incorrect solvent was used to clean a fuel valve, while someone applied the wrong voltage during a test. Loren Grush, The Verge, "Why NASA is struggling to get its most powerful space telescope off the ground," 1 Aug. 2018 The following textile ingredients are also prohibited: toxic heavy metals, formaldehyde, aromatic solvents, GMOs and their enzymes, and azo dyes that release carcinogenic compounds. Lindsay Talbot, Marie Claire, "Your Everything Guide to a Sustainable Closet," 19 July 2018 The closure left behind an economic hole in St. Paul, and a formidable environmental challenge: The site was laced with residue from decades of automaking—petroleum compounds, paint solvents, lead, and arsenic. Jay Walljasper, WIRED, "The Bitter Battle to Turn an Old Factory Into a 21st Century 'Eco-Village'," 3 July 2018 All workers must wear full-body clean room suits, the air is filtered to prevent any bacteria from sneaking in, and the spacecraft and all other equipment are regularly sprayed with an industrial solvent. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "It Turns Out Bacteria Can Eat the Chemicals NASA Puts on Spacecraft to Kill Them," 6 June 2018 Use windshield washer fluid with a winter solvent that won’t freeze. Luz Lazo, Washington Post, "Bitter cold bites Washington — and takes toll on drivers and their car batteries," 3 Jan. 2018

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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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The first known use of solvent was in 1630

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More Definitions for solvent

solvent

adjective

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)

: a liquid substance that is used to dissolve another substance

solvent

noun
sol·​vent | \ ˈsäl-vənt, 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- \

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 \

Legal Definition of solvent

: able to pay all legal debts as they become due

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