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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Causing or able to cause separation into constituents; solvent.
  • n. A resolvent substance, especially a medicine that reduces inflammation or swelling.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Able to resolve (separate) the constituents of a mixture
  • n. Any substance or material able to resolve the constituents of a mixture; a solvent.
  • n. That which has power to disperse inflammatory or other tumours; a discutient; anything which aids the absorption of effused products.
  • n. An equation upon whose solution the solution of a given problem depends.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Having power to resolve; causing solution; solvent.
  • n. That which has the power of resolving, or causing solution; a solvent.
  • n. That which has power to disperse inflammatory or other tumors; a discutient; anything which aids the absorption of effused products.
  • n. An equation upon whose solution the solution of a given pproblem depends.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Having the power to resolve or dissolve; causing solution; solvent.
  • n. That which has the power of causing solution.
  • n. In medicine, a remedy which causes the resolution of a swelling; a discutient.
  • n. In algebra, an equation formed to aid the resolution of a given equation having for its roots known functions of the roots of the given equation. Thus, if x, x′ , x″, x‴ are the roots of a biquadratic, one method of solution begins by solving the cubic whose roots are of the form xx′ + x″ x‴.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a liquid substance capable of dissolving other substances

Etymologies

Latin resolvens, present participle of resolvere: compare French résolvant. See resolve. (Wiktionary)

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