Meaning of solvent

sol•vent

Pronunciation: (sol'vunt), [key]
— adj.
  1. able to pay all just debts.
  2. having the power of dissolving; causing solution.
—n.
  1. a substance that dissolves another to form a solution: Water is a solvent for sugar.
  2. something that solves or explains.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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