Meaning of SOLVENT in English

— solventless , adj. — solvently , adv.

/sol"veuhnt/ , adj.

1. able to pay all just debts.

2. having the power of dissolving; causing solution.


3. a substance that dissolves another to form a solution: Water is a solvent for sugar.

4. something that solves or explains.

[ 1620-30; solvent- (s. of solvens ), prp. of solvere to loosen. See SOLVE, -ENT ]

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