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▪ Companies need to know that those with whom they are trading are solvent and can pay for goods and services supplied to them
▪ Now the question is how to keep the business solvent.
▪ We've been financially solvent for the last 5 years.
▪ It has to be emphasised that Equitable is still solvent with very substantial assets irrespective of some recent withdrawals.
▪ They are happy merely to be solvent.
▪ Trichloroethylene is a toxic industrial solvent.
▪ The effluent includes acids, alkalis and industrial solvents, many of them byproducts of making printed circuit boards.
▪ The nitric acid solution is then mixed with an organic solvent and the uranium and plutonium are separated from the waste products.
▪ Similarly, the reference to reactions in organic solvents merited further discussion.
▪ The Gyrovap can cope with 240 samples at a time and is appropriate for water as well as organic solvents.
▪ Second, there is growing environmental pressure, particularly on organic solvents.
▪ The compounds are found in petrol, paints, glues, inks and other solvents.
▪ Each layer is then subjected to a number of extractions with the other solvent.
▪ She says that there are other nasty solvent type chemicals which are dangerous.
▪ Some young people have died as a direct or indirect result of sniffing glue or other solvents.
▪ The other solvent is then passed over the mixture in the opposite direction.
▪ In general, with the exception of the inorganic soils one or other solvent will affect any soil found in food industries.
▪ In other methods, ethanoic acid or other solvents are used.
▪ In the latter case the experiment is repeated using the same solvent but a solute of known molar mass.
▪ The majority have simply been using it as a solvent.
▪ A few sniffers may use solvents in an attempt to blot out problems that they already have.
▪ Repeated extractions using small portions of solvent are more efficient than using a single but larger volume of solvent.
▪ Any surplus glue can be easily wiped off with a rag and then with solvent.
▪ But a few may become heavy and frequent solvent misusers.
▪ Each layer is then subjected to a number of extractions with the other solvent.
▪ His torturers poured a solvent down his nose that burned his throat.
▪ Last year 15 year old Joanna Hughes died from burns, after fumes from the solvent she was sniffing caught fire.
▪ The sensitivity can be improved and interference from other ions diminished by extracting the red colour with a solvent.
▪ Their wastes include solvents, fuels, mine tailings, radioactive wastes, and unexploded bombs and shells.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Solvent \Sol"vent\ (s[o^]l"vent), a. [L. solvens, p. pr. of solvere. See Solvable.]

  1. Having the power of dissolving; dissolving; as, a solvent fluid. ``The solvent body.''

  2. Able or sufficient to pay all just debts; as, a solvent merchant; the estate is solvent.


Solvent \Sol"vent\, n. (Chem.) A substance (usually liquid) suitable for, or employed in, solution, or in dissolving something; as, water is the appropriate solvent of most salts, alcohol of resins, ether of fats, and mercury or acids of metals, etc.

2. That which resolves; as, a solvent of mystery.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1650s, "able to pay all one owes," from French solvent, from Latin solventem (nominative solvens), present participle of solvere "loosen, dissolve" (see solve).


"substance able to dissolve other substances," 1670s, from Latin solventem (see solvent (n.)).


a. 1 Able to pay all debts as they become due, and having no more liabilities than assets. 2 Having the power of dissolving; causing solution. n. A liquid that dissolves a solid, liquid, or gaseous solute, resulting in a solution.

  1. adj. capable of meeting financial obligations [ant: insolvent]

  2. n. a liquid substance capable of dissolving other substances; "the solvent does not change its state in forming a solution" [syn: dissolvent, dissolver, dissolving agent, resolvent]

  3. a statement that solves a problem or explains how to solve the problem; "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" [syn: solution, answer, result, resolution]

Solvent (disambiguation)

Solvent may refer to:

  • Solvent, a liquid that dissolves another material
  • Solvent (producer), the stage name of electronic musician Jason Amm
  • Solvency, a company's capability to meet its financial obligations
  • "Solvent", a song on the 1984 Skinny Puppy album Remission
  • "solvent", a song on the 2013 Skinny Puppy album Weapon

A solvent (from the Latin solvō, "I loosen, untie, I solve") is a substance that dissolves a solute (a chemically different liquid, solid or gas), resulting in a solution. A solvent is usually a liquid but can also be a solid or a gas. The quantity of solute that can dissolve in a specific volume of solvent varies with temperature. Common uses for organic solvents are in dry cleaning (e.g., tetrachloroethylene), as paint thinners (e.g., toluene, turpentine), as nail polish removers and glue solvents ( acetone, methyl acetate, ethyl acetate), in spot removers (e.g., hexane, petrol ether), in detergents ( citrus terpenes) and in perfumes ( ethanol). Water is a solvent for polar molecules and the most common solvent used by living things; all the ions and proteins in a cell are dissolved in water within a cell. Solvents find various applications in chemical, pharmaceutical, oil, and gas industries, including in chemical syntheses and purification processes.

Solvent (producer)

Solvent is the stage name used by electronic producer and remixer Jason Amm (b. 1972; Zimbabwe). Although his music has been included in the electroclash movement (as his track "My Radio" appeared on Ghostly International's 2002 compilation album Disco Nouveau), many of Solvent's tracks fall under the intelligent dance music or electropop genres. Jason Amm's music is often associated with its strong influence from early 1980s artists such as Soft Cell and Depeche Mode, but the influence is much wider, spanning the last three decades.

Many of the sounds heard on his tracks are made using analogue gear in more ingenious ways than was ever intended for the equipment.

With partner Gregory DeRocher (who records his own music using the pseudonym Lowfish), Amm owned and operated the Suction record label until its demise in 2008. This was partly because 12" records were no longer being manufactured in Canada, leading to costly imports from the USA.

Aside from tracks appearing on various-artists compilations, Amm has released several full-length albums using the Solvent moniker.

Usage examples of "solvent".

Mixed with organic solvents like carbon disulfide or benzene, it can be very toxic.

The second principle which underlies all the most recent methods for extracting the grease from the wool, consists in treating the fibre with some solvent like benzol, carbon bisulphide, petroleum spirit, carbon tetrachloride, etc.

Liquid water as a solvent for micronutrients and for carbon dioxide, hydrogen as a source of energy for the fixation of carbon dioxide into organic molecules.

The repressurized solvent was sprayed on the walls and used to make certain the elevator tracks were clear.

Reinhard Stiffler had reached Mexico and after working for another German there for a few years had learned the language and the ropes sufficiently and had become solvent enough to open a small haberdashery shop in Mexico City.

The cabinet itself seemed to fold upward into a hood, like a metal tipi, that, Father John figured, vented fumes from the bottled solvents to the outside.

Farris Fashions, a flannel shirt maker struggling to remain solvent after losing one of its biggest customers to a factory in China.

I married into one of the three or four solvent families in Boca Grande.

Even above the reek of solvents and cleaners I got a waft of greasy hair, Coca-Cola, bubblegum, and chocolate.

Finally he stepped in, determined to escape Eberhard Fearing, bolting himself into the stainless-steel compartment and noting in the mirror how unlike himself he looked, neat enough in sport coat and tie but unusually pale and somehow tired, as though this manufactured air were threatening his very flesh, drawing out needed chemicals and replacing them with evil solvents made in New Jersey.

The researches under way show the wide variation in chemical composition and calorific value of the various crude oils, indicate the possibility of the extraction of coal constituents by solvents, and point to important results relative to the equilibrium of gases at high temperatures in furnaces and gas producers.

Externally, in solution, one to five grains of the crystals to one ounce of the solvent.

He found that smokeless power is produced by colloiding nitrocellulose with special solvents followed by a drying process and that the nitroglycerine bonded with the nitrocellulose and would not separate in storage.

For this reason we have taken unusual pains to investigate the causes of the disease, and have spared no expense to provide the most approved digestive solvents, and stomachic tonics, which invigorate the mucous membrane of the stomach, and materially assist in reducing the food to a liquid condition.

Indio peeled off his skin plast and tossed it into the can next while Tiny poured a solvent on a rag and wiped it across his scalp and chin, dissolving the fixative that glued the hair and beard to his skin.