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solvent

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1  —as in:
a chemical solvent
Definition a liquid substance capable of dissolving other substances
  • Water is the most common solvent.
solvent = a liquid substance capable of dissolving other substances
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • The Judge's face, indeed, rigid and singularly white, refuses to melt into this universal solvent.
    Hawthorne, Nathaniel  --  House Of Seven Gables
  • It was a pursuit like unto that of the Universal Solvent of the mediaeval alchemists.
    London, Jack  --  The Iron Heel
  • Silence is a solvent that destroys personality, and gives us leave to be great and universal.
    Emerson, Ralph Waldo  --  Essays, First Series
  • the solvent does not change its state in forming a solution

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2  —as in:
the company is not solvent
Definition capable of meeting financial obligations
  • The company is no longer solvent.
solvent = capable of meeting financial obligations
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • The market can stay irrational longer than you can stay solvent.
    John Maynard Keynes
  • He's under the thumb of a villainous money-lender; we are solvent citizens.
    Hornung, E. W.  --  The Amateur Cracksman
  • An electrical fault ignited solvents used by the owner to clean, polish and restore her antiques.
    Micheal Scott  --  The Alchemyst
  • I could smell the faint odor of the stream we had splashed through on the last leg of our journey: solvents.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • Maybe it was the fumes of the benzine and other solvents in the dry cleaner's shop.
    Dean Koontz  --  Sole Survivor
  • Cancerous solvents from storage tanks, arsenic from smokestacks, radioactive water from power plants.
    Don DeLillo  --  White Noise
  • On stainless-steel cars, solvents were used.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  The Tipping Point
  • He showed Charles Chappell into a second-floor room that contained a table, medical instruments, and bottles of solvents.
    Erik Larson  --  The Devil in the White City
  • The janitorial closet smelled pungently of bleach and cleaning solvents.
    Carl Hiassen  --  Hoot

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