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SOLVENT

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does solvent mean? 

SOLVENT (noun)
  The noun SOLVENT has 2 senses:

1. a liquid substance capable of dissolving other substances
2. a statement that solves a problem or explains how to solve the problem

  Familiarity information: SOLVENT used as a noun is rare.


SOLVENT (adjective)
  The adjective SOLVENT has 1 sense:

1. capable of meeting financial obligations

  Familiarity information: SOLVENT used as an adjective is very rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


SOLVENT (noun)


Sense 1solvent [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A liquid substance capable of dissolving other substances

Classified under:

Nouns denoting substances

Synonyms:

solvent; resolvent; dissolving agent; dissolver; dissolvent

Context example:

the solvent does not change its state in forming a solution

Hypernyms ("solvent" is a kind of...):

medium (an intervening substance through which something is achieved)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "solvent"):

methylbenzene; toluene (a colorless flammable liquid obtained from petroleum or coal tar; used as a solvent for gums and lacquers and in high-octane fuels)

alcahest; alkahest; universal solvent (hypothetical universal solvent once sought by alchemists)

remover (a solvent that removes a substance (usually from a surface))

naphtha (any of various volatile flammable liquid hydrocarbon mixtures; used chiefly as solvents)

menstruum ((archaic) a solvent)

hexane (a colorless flammable liquid alkane derived from petroleum and used as a solvent)

carbon tet; carbon tetrachloride; perchloromethane; tetrachloromethane (a colorless nonflammable liquid used as a solvent for fats and oils; because of its toxicity its use as a cleaning fluid or fire extinguisher has declined)

carbolic acid; hydroxybenzene; oxybenzene; phenol; phenylic acid (a toxic white soluble crystalline acidic derivative of benzene; used in manufacturing and as a disinfectant and antiseptic; poisonous if taken internally)

chlorobenzene (a colorless volatile flammable liquid with an almond odor that is made from chlorine and benzene; used as a solvent and in the production of phenol and DDT and other organic compounds)

acetone; dimethyl ketone; propanone (the simplest ketone; a highly inflammable liquid widely used as an organic solvent and as material for making plastics)

xylene; xylol (a colorless flammable volatile liquid hydrocarbon used as a solvent)


Sense 2solvent [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A statement that solves a problem or explains how to solve the problem

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Synonyms:

answer; result; solution; solvent; resolution

Context examples:

they were trying to find a peaceful solution / the answers were in the back of the book / he computed the result to four decimal places

Hypernyms ("solvent" is a kind of...):

statement (a message that is stated or declared; a communication (oral or written) setting forth particulars or facts etc)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "solvent"):

denouement (the final resolution of the main complication of a literary or dramatic work)


SOLVENT (adjective)


Sense 1solvent [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Capable of meeting financial obligations

Antonym:

insolvent (unable to meet or discharge financial obligations)


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