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as in:  a chemical solvent

Water is the most common solvent.
  a liquid substance capable of dissolving other substances
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solvent solvency
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  • Water is the most common solvent.
  • The Judge’s face, indeed, rigid and singularly white, refuses to melt into this universal solvent.
    Hawthorne, Nathaniel  --  House Of Seven Gables
  • the solvent does not change its state in forming a solution
  • Silence is a solvent that destroys personality, and gives us leave to be great and universal.
    Emerson, Ralph Waldo  --  Essays, First Series

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  • It was a pursuit like unto that of the Universal Solvent of the mediaeval alchemists.
    London, Jack  --  The Iron Heel
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Associated words [difficulty]:   solvent [6]
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