Definition of solvent noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

solvent

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BrE BrE//ˈsɒlvənt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈsɑːlvənt//
 
 
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[uncountable, countable] a substance, especially a liquid, that can dissolve another substance industrial solvents for removing oil solvent cleaners Word Origin mid 17th cent.: from Latin solvent- ‘loosening, unfastening, paying’, from the verb solvere.
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