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

The chain had 568 stores spread across 15 states in the Southeast earlier this year, but has been shutting down hundreds of stores in an effort to stay solvent. Chris Morris, Fortune, "Fred’s Pharmacy Chain Liquidating All Stores," 9 Sep. 2019 Commission members also recommend increases to water and sewer rates, in line with inflation, to ensure Fund 9 remains solvent, according to the presentation. David Anderson, baltimoresun.com, "Havre de Grace seeks to borrow more than $14 million for water and sewer repairs," 23 Aug. 2019 State rules require that marijuana products be tested for pesticides, heavy metals, potency, mold and other microbes, and residual solvent chemicals used in processing. Naomi Martin, BostonGlobe.com, "Are marijuana vapes from licensed stores safe? Mass. lacks regulations on additives," 6 Sep. 2019 The universal solvent turns out to be not culture but celebrity and money. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, "A Teen-Ager Is Saved by the Music of Bruce Springsteen in “Blinded by the Light”," 15 Aug. 2019 The house was a total loss and the family dog had not been located. Oil- and solvent-soaked rags should be safely discarded. Deanna Weniger, Twin Cities, "Police say discarded rags soaked in turpentine likely caused house fire in Waconia; family dog still missing," 5 July 2019 The emerging industry is already confronted with a patchwork of state-level regulations governing pesticides and other potential contaminants including metals, microbes, and solvent residues. oregonlive.com, "Oregon and other states fail to require energy efficiency rules for legal pot grows," 30 June 2019 Some union leaders thought, at the time, that eliminating the pay requirement would cripple their organizations, which could struggle to stay solvent. Andrew J. Campa, Glendale News-Press, "Glendale, Burbank teachers unions say Janus decision has been galvanizing, not dividing," 16 Aug. 2019 If progressives want to raise taxes on those same taxpayers to keep the system solvent thereafter, that’s fine. Andrew G. Biggs, National Review, "How the Democrats’ Social Security Plan Could Finance a Tax Cut," 15 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Those active ingredients are delivered in solvents. Author: Lena H. Sun, Laurie Mcginley, Anchorage Daily News, "As vaping-related lung illnesses spike, investigators eye contaminants," 30 Aug. 2019 But this time, the action is on the Democratic side, with near-unanimous support among House Democrats for the Social Security 2100 Act, which would make Social Security solvent by increasing payroll taxes and taxing high earners more heavily. Andrew G. Biggs, National Review, "How the Democrats’ Social Security Plan Could Finance a Tax Cut," 15 Aug. 2019 These solvents are flammable, so extinguish flames first, protect your skin by wearing chemical-resistant gloves and provide plenty of ventilation. Jeanne Huber, Washington Post, "Be wary of a ‘leather finish’ on granite," 12 Aug. 2019 The Democratic representative from Connecticut has gone further than anyone in decades to make Social Security solvent. Ramesh Ponnuru, The Denver Post, "Ponnuru: A Democrat’s brave but dumb idea to save Social Security," 29 July 2019 Lignin does not dissolve in most solvents, but investigators have shown that certain environmentally friendly ionic liquids (which are composed largely of ions) can selectively separate it from wood and woody plants. Javier Garcia Martinez, Scientific American, "Bioplastics Could Solve a Major Pollution Problem," 1 July 2019 Executives say their solvents and the rest of their operations have passed all regulatory procedures. Clifford Krauss, The Seattle Times, "Canadian firm tests new process to turn Utah sands into oil," 27 Aug. 2018 In general, all marijuana intended for sale at a legal dispensary is tested for pesticides and potency, as well as for solvents, if the product is not dried marijuana flower. Gillian Flaccus, BostonGlobe.com, "Oregon death is 2nd linked to vaping, 1st tied to pot shop," 5 Sep. 2019 In general, all marijuana intended for sale at a legal dispensary is tested for pesticides and potency, as well as for solvents, if the product is not dried marijuana flower. Gillian Flaccus, USA TODAY, "Another death is linked to vaping, the 1st tied to a pot shop," 5 Sep. 2019

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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)

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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