- able to pay all just debts.
- having the power of dissolving; causing solution.
Origin of solvent
Examples from the Web for solvent
But what Shteyngart describes is the sort of dysfunction that occasionally plagues even the best and most solvent carrier.Think American Airlines Is Rotten? You Have No Idea How Good You Have It
October 11, 2012
I will note, jdr, that Social Security IS solvent, into the 2040s.Two Good Questions from Readers
August 30, 2012
So all restoring those cuts means is that it will force quicker drastic action on how to keep Medicare solvent.How to Make Seniors Suspicious of Ryan and Romney
August 22, 2012
This solvent is sometimes used as brake fluid in automobiles.The Great Wine Cover-up
August 18, 2009
If they marked those assets to their real values, the banks would have to stop pretending they are solvent.Greenspan's Hidden Agenda
February 18, 2009
The machine is now set in motion, and the bulk of the solvent is drawn off.
As already remarked, the solvent is expelled with cold water.
You will scarcely hear of a solvent parish, even if you offer a reward.Ireland as It Is
Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
Sulphate of quinine is made by the use of sulphuric acid as a solvent.Practical Mechanics for Boys
J. S. Zerbe
You are a cashier for her, and a solvent one if she becomes embarrassed.The Queen's Necklace
Alexandre Dumas pre
- 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 solvent
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.