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

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 The project—and tight-fisted Congress—probably can't handle more cleaning solvent screwups. Eric Niiler, WIRED, "Delays, Rising Costs Plague NASA's James Webb Space Telescope," 27 June 2018 In order to remain solvent, the Greek government has had to compromise its sovereignty to the Troika. Michael Taylor, San Antonio Express-News, "Think the U.S. is at odds? Consider Greece.," 26 June 2018 The lower assumptions indirectly translated to a requirement that system employers pay much more to keep the system solvent. Morgan Watkins, The Courier-Journal, "GOP leaders: Law giving cities pension relief could be struck down too," 25 June 2018 Their formula is likely to involve tax increases to help keep the programs solvent. Richardo Alonso-zaldivar And Andrew Taylor, chicagotribune.com, "Medicare will run out of money in 2026, three years earlier than expected, government report says," 5 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 The increase was required to raise enough income to keep the authority solvent. Bill Leukhardt, Courant Community, "Waiting List Open For Southington Housing Authority Apartments," 13 July 2018 The bacteria could survive entirely on the ethanol, and could also survive on mixtures of ethanol and the other solvents. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "It Turns Out Bacteria Can Eat the Chemicals NASA Puts on Spacecraft to Kill Them," 6 June 2018 Postal Service experts and even Trump's own advisers have privately urged him to back off the accusations, noting that the huge number of packages shipped by Amazon is actually helping to keep the Postal Service financial solvent. New York Times, cleveland.com, "Trump, having denounced Amazon's shipping deal, orders review of Postal Service," 12 Apr. 2018 The information on the two solutions used to create a coating indicates only that the majority of the material in them is a standard organic solvent that will evaporate away. Lee Hutchinson, Ars Technica, "The Internet-demanded, partially scientific testing of Ultra-Ever Dry (in HD!)," 4 July 2018 Overexposure to benzenes, toluene, herbicides, pesticides, organic solvents, painting materials and lead might contribute to low sperm counts and exposure to x-rays or other radiation might alter sperm production, according to the Mayo Clinic. Mari A. Schaefer, Philly.com, "Study: Nutrition in nuts may help boost sperm count," 10 July 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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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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