|a fool or simpleton; ninny.|
|a calculus or concretion found in the stomach or intestines of certain animals, esp. ruminants, formerly reputed to be an effective remedy for poison.|
|1.||capable of meeting financial obligations|
|2.||(of a substance, esp a liquid) capable of dissolving another substance|
|3.||a liquid capable of dissolving another substance: water is a solvent for salt|
|4.||Compare solute the component of a solution that does not change its state in forming the solution or the component that is present in excess|
|5.||something that solves|
|[C17: from Latin solvēns releasing, from solvere to free, |
solvent sol·vent (sŏl'vənt)
Capable of dissolving another substance. n.
A substance in which another substance is dissolved, forming a solution.
A substance capable of dissolving another substance.
|solvent (sŏl'vənt) Pronunciation Key
A substance that can dissolve another substance, or in which another substance is dissolved, forming a solution. Water is the most common solvent.