American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Capable of meeting financial obligations.
- adj. Chemistry Capable of dissolving another substance.
- n. Chemistry A substance in which another substance is dissolved, forming a solution.
- n. Chemistry A substance, usually a liquid, capable of dissolving another substance.
- n. Something that solves or explains.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Having the power of dissolving: as, a solvent body.
- 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. 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.
- n. A liquid that dissolves a solid, liquid, or gaseous solute, resulting in a solution.
- n. That which resolves.
- adj. Able to pay all debts as they become due, and having no more liabilities than assets.
- adj. having the power of dissolving; causing solution.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Having the power of dissolving; dissolving.
- adj. Able or sufficient to pay all just debts.
- n. (Chem.) A substance (usually liquid) suitable for, or employed in, solution, or in dissolving something
- n. That which resolves.
- n. a liquid substance capable of dissolving other substances
- n. a statement that solves a problem or explains how to solve the problem
- adj. capable of meeting financial obligations
- From French solvent, from Latin solventem (nominative: solvens, present participle of solvere). (Wiktionary)
- French, from Latin solvēns, solvent-, present participle of solvere, to loosen; see solve. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Macdonald R. et al.  suggest that there are two distinct concentrating processes, which they term solvent switching and solvent depletion.”
“The word solvent has appeared in 110 New York Times articles in the past year, including on Aug. 20 in "Uncertainty in Courthouse Fogs the View at the Stadium," by George Vecsey:”
“Those should be cleaned in solvent, allowed to dry, then lubricated with no more than two small drops of low-viscosity oil.”
“WaMu had been on the Fed's watch list for some time and was in a liquidity crisis when the government stepped in; to say they were solvent is a stretch.”
“Correct these items and SS will remain solvent for years.”
“Scrub the action real good w/brushes (old tooth brushes, brass wire brush on some stuff), run a patch soaked in solvent down the barrel.”
“How safe and how solvent is open to question but more safe and more solvent.”
“FLUEGEL: We need those premium increases to remain solvent within those geographies.”
“They also have created mass hysteria over the alleged insolvency of Social Security (expected to remain solvent until 2037) and Medicare (2029).”
“Still, the savings mean the Medicare hospital trust fund will remain solvent until 2029, a dozen years longer than projected without the law, according to the latest Medicare trustees 'report.”
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