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solvent

[ sol-vuhnt ]
/ ˈsɒl vənt /
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adjective
able to pay all just debts.
having the power of dissolving; causing solution.
noun
a substance that dissolves another to form a solution: Water is a solvent for sugar.
something that solves or explains.
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Origin of solvent

1620–30; <Latin solvent- (stem of solvēns), present participle of solvere to loosen. See solve, -ent

OTHER WORDS FROM solvent

sol·vent·less, adjectivesol·vent·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for solvent

solvent
/ (ˈsɒlvənt) /

adjective
capable of meeting financial obligations
(of a substance, esp a liquid) capable of dissolving another substance
noun
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

Derived forms of solvent

solvently, adverb

Word Origin for solvent

C17: from Latin solvēns releasing, from solvere to free, solve
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Scientific definitions for solvent

solvent
[ sŏlvənt ]

A substance that can dissolve another substance, or in which another substance is dissolved, forming a solution. Water is the most common solvent.
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