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

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 California leaders’ preference for the PUC as solvent for bureaucratic clogs was the subtext of the recent debate over wildfire legislation. Joe Mathews, The Mercury News, "Mathews: California PUC seems to regulate everything. What’s next?," 28 July 2019 Meanwhile, low interest rates have been bad news for pension funds, which mostly depend on bond yields in order to remain solvent. Lydia Depillis, CNN, "10 years later, America's booming economy still bears scars of the Great Recession," 24 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Embedding China in the global economy supposedly would open it to the softening effects of commerce, which would be solvents of authoritarianism. George Will, National Review, "Hong Kong’s Summer of Heroic Dissent," 12 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, 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 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. Washington Post, "Oregon death is 2nd linked to vaping, 1st tied to pot shop," 4 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, chicagotribune.com, "A death in Oregon is the 2nd linked to vaping, and the 1st tied to a legal marijuana dispensary," 4 Sep. 2019 Essentially, an e-cigarette contains a liquid solvent (such as propylene glycol or vegetable glycerin), nicotine, and some sort of flavoring, Humberto Choi, M.D., a pulmonologist and critical care specialist at Cleveland Clinic, tells SELF. Sarah Jacoby, SELF, "5 Things We Still Don’t Know About Those Vaping-Related Hospitalizations," 28 Aug. 2019 And the force the solvents can generate decreases as the beans are leached of their caffeine. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "Turns Out Decaf Coffee Has Caffeine, Which Feels Like a Betrayal," 29 Aug. 2019 While most flocking sprays are safe to handle, some have been known to contain propellants, solvents, and other potentially harmful chemicals if ingested. Country Living Staff, Country Living, "Here's How to Flock a Christmas Tree, if You've Always Dreamed of a White Christmas," 29 Aug. 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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