What does solvent mean?

Definitions for solvent
ˈsɒl vəntsol·vent

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. solvent, dissolvent, dissolver, dissolving agent, resolventnoun

    a liquid substance capable of dissolving other substances

    "the solvent does not change its state in forming a solution"

  2. solution, answer, result, resolution, solventadjective

    a statement that solves a problem or explains how to solve the problem

    "they were trying to find a peaceful solution"; "the answers were in the back of the book"; "he computed the result to four decimal places"

  3. solventadjective

    capable of meeting financial obligations


  1. solventnoun

    A liquid that dissolves a solid, liquid, or gaseous solute, resulting in a solution.

  2. solventnoun

    That which resolves.

    a solvent of mystery

  3. solventadjective

    Able to pay all debts as they become due, and having no more liabilities than assets.

  4. solventadjective

    having the power of dissolving; causing solution.

  5. Etymology: From solvent, from solventem (nominative: solvens, present participle of solvere).

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. SOLVENTadjective

    Etymology: solvens, Latin.

    When dissolved in water, it is not by the eye distinguishable from the solvent body, and appears as fluid. Boyle.


  1. Solvent

    A solvent (from the Latin solvō, "loosen, untie, solve") is a substance that dissolves a solute, resulting in a solution. A solvent is usually a liquid but can also be a solid, a gas, or a supercritical fluid. Water is a solvent for polar molecules and the most common solvent used by living things; all the ions and proteins in a cell are dissolved in water within the cell. Major uses of solvents are in paints, paint removers, inks, and dry cleaning. Specific uses for organic solvents are in dry cleaning (e.g. tetrachloroethylene); as paint thinners (toluene, turpentine); as nail polish removers and solvents of glue (acetone, methyl acetate, ethyl acetate); in spot removers (hexane, petrol ether); in detergents (citrus terpenes); and in perfumes (ethanol). Solvents find various applications in chemical, pharmaceutical, oil, and gas industries, including in chemical syntheses and purification processes.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Solventadjective

    having the power of dissolving; dissolving; as, a solvent fluid

  2. Solventadjective

    able or sufficient to pay all just debts; as, a solvent merchant; the estate is solvent

  3. Solventnoun

    a substance (usually liquid) suitable for, or employed in, solution, or in dissolving something; as, water is the appropriate solvent of most salts, alcohol of resins, ether of fats, and mercury or acids of metals, etc

  4. Solventnoun

    that which resolves; as, a solvent of mystery

  5. Etymology: [L. solvens, p. pr. of solvere. See Solvable.]


  1. Solvent

    A solvent is a substance that dissolves a solute, resulting in a solution. A solvent is usually a liquid but can also be a solid or a gas. The maximum quantity of solute that can dissolve in a specific volume of solvent varies with temperature. Common uses for organic solvents are in dry cleaning, as paint thinners, as nail polish removers and glue solvents, in spot removers, in detergents, in perfumes, nail polish and in chemical synthesis. The use of inorganic solvents is typically limited to research chemistry and some technological processes. The global solvent market is expected to earn revenues of about US$33 billion in 2019. The dynamic economic development in emerging markets like China, India, Brazil, or Russia will especially continue to boost demand for solvents. Specialists expect the worldwide solvent consumption to increase at an average annual rate of 2.5% over the next years. Accordingly, the growth rate seen during the past eight years will be surpassed.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of solvent in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of solvent in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of solvent in a Sentence

  1. Economy Minister Nadia Calvino:

    We can go one step further to support solvent companies, which are in trouble because of the pandemic.

  2. Wayne LaPierre:

    National Rifle Association is well governed, financially solvent, and committed to good governance.

  3. Vivekanand Subbaraman:

    If Vodafone Idea doesn't have enough customers left, it is going to be very difficult for it to remain solvent.

  4. Steve Lamar:

    That is why we need governments to work together and with global financial institutions to make sure there are enough financial resources to keep supply chains solvent, so they can keep workers employed during these crises, common sense measures like deferring tariff payments and fully funding loan programs for retailers — now largely closed — are just two of the tools all governments should be implementing.

  5. Chuck Perko:

    Retirees are worried, will the company continue to exist, will their pensions stay solvent ? families want to know, is my husband or wife going to have a job tomorrow ?

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    transmitting light; able to be seen through with clarity
    • A. transparent
    • B. profound
    • C. opaque
    • D. alternate

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