- 1Having assets in excess of liabilities; able to pay one’s debts: interest rate rises have very severe effects on normally solvent companiesMore example sentences
- Therefore, credit spreads tend to zero for the short-term debt of a solvent firm.
- It simply decides that on the facts of that case the parent company in question had a legitimate interest in preserving and maximising the assets of its solvent subsidiary.
- WorldCom, although still very much in operation, has been losing market share to its solvent rivals.
- 2 [attributive] Able to dissolve other substances: osmotic, chemical, or solvent actionMore example sentences
- Some examples of solvent chemicals are paint thinners, most penetrating sealers, D-Limonene, and alcohol.
- Four different solvent media were considered: octane, tetrahydrofuran, acetonitrile, and water.
- Sometimes surfactants are mixed into solvent sealers so that the residue will mix with water for easier cleanup afterwards.
nounBack to top
- 1The liquid in which a solute is dissolved to form a solution.More example sentences
- If less solute is added to the solvent then the solution is said to be unsaturated.
- The substance that is dissolved into the solvent is the solute.
- The solute is placed in the solvent and the concentrated solute slowly breaks into pieces.
- 1.1A liquid, typically one other than water, used for dissolving other substances.More example sentences
- They're used in petroleum refining, removal of water from organic solvents, and other industrial processes.
- Since the tested flavonoids are not directly soluble in water, some organic solvents were used as agents for their dissolution.
- Due to the hydrophobic nature of elastin, this amorphous, cross-linked protein is insoluble in water and many organic solvents.
- 1.2Something that acts to weaken or dispel a particular attitude or situation: an unrivaled solvent of social prejudicesMore example sentences
- As a result, rock music became a powerful solvent of the state's credibility and power to inspire loyalty.
- Thus free markets are the great solvent of prejudice.
- It ensures individual autonomy of a sort, but also acts as a major solvent of local Aboriginal authority structures.
- More example sentences
- He might be talking about simple bank solvency and credit creation.
- It is invisible money, the symbols of solvency like credit cards, which will give you access to the trimmings of modern life.
- He rejected any suggestion that the company was ‘in denial’ about its solvency and reserving responsibilities.
mid 17th century: from Latin solvent- 'loosening, unfastening, paying', from the verb solvere.