sol·vent (sŏlvənt, sôl-)
1. Capable of meeting financial obligations.
2. Chemistry Capable of dissolving another substance.
a. A substance in which another substance is dissolved, forming a solution.
b. A substance, usually a liquid, capable of dissolving another substance.
2. Something that solves or explains.
[French, from Latin solvēns, solvent-, present participle of solvere, to loosen; see SOLVE.]
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