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 solvent (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 How does an industry remain solvent when its customers repeatedly cycle from one provider to another? Los Angeles Times, 9 Sep. 2021 If, say, the housing market were to collapse, the regulators ask, could their bank stay solvent? Robinson Meyer, The Atlantic, 1 Sep. 2021 Robyn Williams, executive director for Portland’5, said the organization spent the last year and a half focused solely on two goals: trying to keep the organization financially solvent, and studying ways to bring back audiences safely. oregonlive, 23 Aug. 2021 The attorneys argue that distributions to the family complied with a corporate integrity agreement and that the company remained solvent. Washington Post, 22 Dec. 2020 The chapter is legally accountable and financially solvent thanks to her diplomatic hard work and many hours. oregonlive, 23 July 2021 Since the shutdown, lines have had to raise billions of dollars to stay solvent. Richard Tribou, orlandosentinel.com, 25 June 2021 As with a bank account, relationships require periodic deposits—time, attention, support, understanding, heart-to-heart talks, encouragement even forgiveness—to stay solvent. Bryan Robinson, Forbes, 7 May 2021 With 18 playoffs just around the corner in Season 2, Heinz recently went to the CIF Board of Managers and asked for a second round of school dues to stay solvent. John Maffei, San Diego Union-Tribune, 7 May 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The samples are pulverized, treated with a solvent and run through a series of tests to measure the cannabinoid profile, detect residual solvents or microbes and detect moisture levels that might lead to mold. Robert Gehrke, The Salt Lake Tribune, 3 Oct. 2021 According to RBC Capital Markets, Lordstown Motors will need to raise $2.25 billion to remain solvent through 2025 when the analyst projects the company will become profitable. Ben Foldy, WSJ, 9 June 2021 Most importantly, the public learned that the NRA is solvent and can afford to pay its debts. Lindsey Simon, The Conversation, 12 May 2021 The community hospital in Bryan, under constant threat of having to sell to a larger hospital group, manages to stay solvent through a combination of guile, luck and scotch tape. John Warner, chicagotribune.com, 29 Mar. 2021 Metals and chlorinated solvent contamination have been identified in the soil and groundwater on the Superfund site, the EPA said. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 13 Sep. 2021 Avoid using water to clean metal; instead, use a solvent such as acetone. Timothy Dahl, Popular Mechanics, 8 Sep. 2021 If the garments are washable, use a stain remover that contains a dry-cleaning solvent (test a bit first to be sure that the fabric is colorfast). Washington Post, 7 Sep. 2021 In 1983, the EPA listed Tucson as a Superfund site after the city's tap water was poisoned by an industrial spill of the chemical solvent trichloroethylene, or TCE. Devin Dwyer, ABC News, 10 Aug. 2021

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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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20 Sep 2021

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“Solvent.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/solvent. Accessed 22 Oct. 2021.

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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 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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