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Solvent Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    solvent adj : capable of meeting financial obligations [ant: insolvent] n
  1. a liquid substance capable of dissolving other substances; "the solvent does not change its state in forming a solution" [syn: dissolvent, dissolver, dissolving agent, resolvent]
  2. 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" [syn: solution, answer, result, resolution]
Solvent Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Solvent \Sol"vent\, n. (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.
  1. That which resolves; as, a solvent of mystery.
Solvent Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Solvent \Sol"vent\ (s[o^]l"vent), a. [L. solvens, p. pr. of solvere. See Solvable.]
  1. Having the power of dissolving; dissolving; as, a solvent fluid. ``the solvent body.'' --Boyle.
  2. Able or sufficient to pay all just debts; as, a solvent merchant; the estate is solvent.

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Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Solvent'

A solvent is a liquid that becomes a solution by dissolving a solid, liquid, or gaseous solute. The most common solvent in everyday life is water.

Most other commonly-used solvents are organic (carbon-containing) chemicals. These are called organic solvents. Solvents usually have a low boiling point and evaporate easily or can be removed by distillation, thereby leaving the dissolved substance behind. Solvents should therefore not react chemically with the dissolved compounds — they have to be inert. Solvents can also be used to extract soluble compounds from a mixture, the most common example is the brewing of coffee or tea with hot water. Solvents are usually clear and colorless liquids and many have a characteristic smell. The concentration of a solution is the amount of compound that is dissolved in a certain volume of solvent. The solubility is the maximal amount of compound that is soluble in a certain volume of solvent at a specified temperature.

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