Definition of Solvent

1. Noun. A liquid substance capable of dissolving other substances. "The solvent does not change its state in forming a solution"

2. Adjective. Capable of meeting financial obligations.
Antonyms: Insolvent
Derivative terms: Solve, Solvency

3. Noun. A statement that solves a problem or explains how to solve the problem. "He computed the result to four decimal places"
Exact synonyms: Answer, Resolution, Result, Solution
Generic synonyms: Statement
Specialized synonyms: Denouement
Derivative terms: Answer, Solve

Definition of Solvent

1. a. Having the power of dissolving; dissolving; as, a solvent fluid.

2. n. 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.

Definition of Solvent

1. Noun. A liquid that dissolves a solid, liquid, or gaseous solute, resulting in a solution. ¹

2. Noun. That which resolves. ¹

3. Adjective. Able to pay all debts as they become due, and having no more liabilities than assets. ¹

4. Adjective. having the power of dissolving; causing solution. ¹

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Definition of Solvent

1. a substance capable of dissolving others [n -S]

Medical Definition of Solvent

1. 1. Dissolving, effecting a solution. 2. A liquid that dissolves or that is capable of dissolving, the component of a solution that is present in greater amount. Origin: L. Solvens This entry appears with permission from the Dictionary of Cell and Molecular Biology (11 Mar 2008)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Solvent

solvating agent
solvent (current term)
solvent abuse
solvent drag
solvent ether
solvent extraction
solvent inhalation

Literary usage of Solvent

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Journal of the American Chemical Society by American Chemical Society (1893)
"Acetic ether is a much better solvent, and the expense is the chief ... Water is slow in its solvent action; this, however, is in part overcome by long ..."

2. Standard Methods of Chemical Analysis: A Manual of Analytical Methods and by Wilfred Welday Scott (1922)
"Bituminous paints, cements, varnishes, enamels and japans are all characterized by the presence of a volatile solvent with a bituminous base, ..."

3. Theoretical Chemistry from the Standpoint of Avogadro's Rule & Thermodynamics by Walther Nernst (1904)
"Of the many methods which can be employed for the reversible separation of solvent and dissolved substance, we will consider the following, viz. :— 1. ..."

4. The Living Age by Making of America Project, Eliakim Littell, Robert S. Littell (1880)
"Since water is the most generally useful solvent, it might be supposed that such ... A more convenient solvent was found in alcohol, and many of the early ..."

5. Geology by Thomas Chrowder Chamberlin, Rollin D. Salisbury (1904)
"Since the solvent action is a condition precedent to deposition, the location of the greatest solvent action first invites attention. ..."

6. Physical Optics by Robert Williams Wood (1914)
"Molecular Rotation and the Influence of the solvent on the Rotatory Power. ... If we dissolve p grams of the substance in q grams of the solvent, ..."

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