What does the word solvent mean?

    Part of speech: noun

  • A fluid capable of dissolving substances.

  • Part of speech: adjective

  • Having means to pay all debts.

Usage examples for solvent

  1. By a powerful solvent the noble principle in the National Church became nearly all invisible, though some of it could not be dissolved. – The Ordinance of Covenanting by John Cunningham
  2. The use of the chlorate is simply as a solvent of iodine. – American Handbook of the Daguerrotype by Samuel D. Humphrey
  3. Those of an intense black may be likened to dyers' products: they are completely impregnated with the colouring matter, which is part and parcel of the molecular constitution and cannot be isolated by the nitric solvent. – The Glow-Worm and Other Beetles by Jean Henri Fabre