A substance into which a solute is added to make a solution.

Sol"vent (?), a. [L. solvens, p.pr. of solvere. See Solvable.]


Having the power of dissolving; dissolving; as, a solvent fluid.

"the solvent body."



Able or sufficient to pay all just debts; as, a solvent merchant; the estate is solvent.


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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 metal, etc.


That which resolves; as, a solvent of mystery.


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