One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A substance that dissolves something else.
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
Mid 17th century: from Latin dissolvent- ‘dissolving’, from the verb dissolvere (see dissolve).
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