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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • 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.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Having the power of dissolving; dissolving.
  • adj. Able or sufficient to pay all just debts.
  • n. A substance (usually liquid) suitable for, or employed in, solution, or in dissolving something
  • n. That which resolves.

from The 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.
  • n. Any fluid or substance that dissolves or renders other bodies liquid; a menstruum.

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

  • 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

Etymologies

French, from Latin solvēns, solvent-, present participle of solvere, to loosen; see solve.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French solvent, from Latin solventem (nominative: solvens, present participle of solvere). (Wiktionary)

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