Meaning of SOLVENT in English

I. -vənt adjective

Etymology: Latin solvent-, solvens, present participle of solvere to dissolve, pay

Date: 1630

1. : able to pay all legal debts

a solvent company

2. : that dissolves or can dissolve

solvent action of water

• sol·vent·ly adverb

II. noun

Date: 1671

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

• sol·vent·less -ləs adjective

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.