Definition of dissolvent in US English:



  • A substance that dissolves something else.

    • ‘Our business, academic, and media elites, says Kurth, are united in their devotion to global consciousness, transnationalism, multiculturalism, and other dissolvents of American identity.’
    • ‘Nitroglycerine and TNT could be thought of as good dissolvents, but those chemicals have some undesirable collateral properties.’
    • ‘His brother works with some toxic dissolvent as a part of his work. What he does we still don't know.’
    • ‘Soluble polymers that become fluid in a special dissolvent can be used in a printing process as electronic ink.’


Mid 17th century: from Latin dissolvent- ‘dissolving’, from the verb dissolvere (see dissolve).