- able to pay all just debts.
- having the power of dissolving; causing solution.
Origin of solvent
Examples from the Web for solvents
They also make “food grade industrial alcohol” used in everything from solvents and antiseptics to fungicides.Your ‘Craft’ Rye Whiskey Is Probably From a Factory Distillery in Indiana
July 28, 2014
It was cool in the lab and the air smelled faintly of solvents.The Professional Approach
Charles Leonard Harness
Ideas are solvents of all mysteries, whether in matter or mind.Concord Days
A. Bronson Alcott
Turpentine, petroleum spirit and other solvents are also used to thin the varnishes.Animal Proteins
Hugh Garner Bennett
Of these solvents, only the first three are of economic importance.
As solvents of prejudice, Mill's works have not been surpassed by any.A Short History of English Liberalism
Walter Lyon Blease
- capable of meeting financial obligations
- (of a substance, esp a liquid) capable of dissolving another substance
- a liquid capable of dissolving another substancewater is a solvent for salt
- the component of a solution that does not change its state in forming the solution or the component that is present in excessCompare solute
- something that solves
Word Origin and History for solvents
1650s, "able to pay all one owes," from French solvent, from Latin solventem (nominative solvens), present participle of solvere "loosen, dissolve" (see solve).
"substance able to dissolve other substances," 1670s, from Latin solventem (see solvent (n.)).
- Capable of dissolving another substance.
- A substance in which another substance is dissolved, forming a solution.
- A substance capable of dissolving another substance.
- A substance that can dissolve another substance, or in which another substance is dissolved, forming a solution. Water is the most common solvent.