• WordNet 3.6
    • adj solvent capable of meeting financial obligations
    • n solvent 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"
    • n solvent a liquid substance capable of dissolving other substances "the solvent does not change its state in forming a solution"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Crews, using solvent-dipped sterile gauze pads, eventually freed her legs, hands and extremities. She refused to be taken to the hospital.
    • n Solvent (Chem) 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.
    • Solvent Able or sufficient to pay all just debts; as, a solvent merchant; the estate is solvent .
    • Solvent Having the power of dissolving; dissolving; as, a solvent fluid. "The solvent body."
    • Solvent That which resolves; as, a solvent of mystery.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • solvent Having the power of dissolving: as, a solvent body.
    • solvent Able or sufficient to pay all just debts: as, a solvent person or estate. Specifically— Able to pay one's debts as they become due in the ordinary course of business.
    • n solvent Any fluid or substance that dissolves or renders other bodies liquid; a menstruum. Water is of all solvents the most common and most useful. Alcohol is the solvent of resinous bodies and of some other similarly constituted substances; naphtha, oil of turpentine, and ether are solvents of caoutchoue; chlorin and aqua regia, or nitromuriatic acid, are solvents of gold.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Solvent having power to solve or dissolve: able to pay all debts
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. solvens, p. pr. of solvere,. See Solvable
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. solver—L. solvĕre, to loosen, prob. from se-, aside, luĕre, to loosen.


In literature:

Not even a heart of stone could withstand the solvent power of such love.
"Carmen Ariza" by Charles Francis Stocking
Whitman was a powerful solvent undoubtedly.
"Whitman" by John Burroughs
The natural reserve of the German found its solvent in Christianity.
"Pedagogics as a System" by Karl Rosenkranz
Calhoun smelled a conventional organic solvent, well-known enough.
"The Hate Disease" by William Fitzgerald Jenkins
In his writings the solvents of the older criticism are best seen at work.
"Hazlitt on English Literature" by Jacob Zeitlin
We are not, he reflected, quite solvent unless we pay tribute before we go.
"Old Crow" by Alice Brown
You are less solvent than your father and he was less solvent than his father.
"Youth" by Isaac Asimov
Inventive as his mind was, it was also solvent and sceptical.
"Studies in Contemporary Biography" by James Bryce, Viscount Bryce
Ah, if we had that copyright, I do believe it would go far to make me solvent, ill-health and all.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 24 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
You are the solvent of my whole being.
"The "Genius"" by Theodore Dreiser

In poetry:

Take now the enclosing theme of all—the solvent and the setting;
Love, that is pulse of all—the sustenance and the pang;
The heart of man and woman all for love;
No other theme but love—knitting, enclosing, all-diffusing love.
"The Mystic Trumpeter" by Walt Whitman

In news:

Ultrasonic degassing of HPLC solvents.
Improving Performance of Ultrasonic Cleaners for Sieve Cleaning, Solvent Degassing, and Sample Prep.
Tracy Press Inc previously filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in July 2010, though Patterson Irrigator LLC has remained solvent.
Contra Costa supervisors are expected to vote today on whether to shutter four fire stations as part of a cost-saving plan to keep the county's fire district solvent.
Rick Land, an attorney, will be looking at options to make the fire district solvent.
Maryland environmental officials are warning Wicomico County residents that an industrial solvent has likely been in their water supply for at least several years.
EVR Clean Air Solvent is a high-strength solvent for removing grease, oil and dirt from metal parts and equipment.
Solvent -Free Adhesive For Vacuum Infusion.
Rhodia says it has introduced a new range of solvents derived from renewable raw materials.
Gov Trying to Keep Schilling's Video Game Company " Solvent ".
It's part of an entire line of soybean-containing solvents that Franmar is currently marketing to the screen printing industry.
Screen printers use about 123 million gallons of solvents annually.
A new dry cleaning solvent made its' debut in Columbus within the last year and its potential is far reaching.
Solvent caused Lawrence house explosion.
Boutique post house Solvent Dreams ( has opened a digital intermediate suite in an effort to make affordable, realtime color grading available to independent features shot on HD or film.

In science:

The activity of the normal component of He II, as a solvent for polyeffectons, reduces and tends to zero at T ࢐ 0.
Hierarchic Models of Turbulence, Superfluidity and Superconductivity
The scaling exponent depends on the polymer concentration and the solvent quality.
Coil-Globule Transition for Regular, Random and Specially Designed Copolymers: Monte Carlo Simulation and Self-Consistent Field Theory
In a good solvent the chains are highly swollen, α ≈ 0.6.
Coil-Globule Transition for Regular, Random and Specially Designed Copolymers: Monte Carlo Simulation and Self-Consistent Field Theory
This method has already been used for obtaining the properties of a single chain in various solvent qualities .
Coil-Globule Transition for Regular, Random and Specially Designed Copolymers: Monte Carlo Simulation and Self-Consistent Field Theory
The density profile of the solvent molecules is simply found as ρS (r) = GS (r).
Coil-Globule Transition for Regular, Random and Specially Designed Copolymers: Monte Carlo Simulation and Self-Consistent Field Theory