What does the word solvent mean?

Usage examples for solvent

  1. The old gentleman's draught acted as a solvent upon his memory, so that it overflowed with tales, traditions, anecdotes of famous dead people, and traits of ancient manners, some of which were childish as a nurse's lullaby, while others might have been worth the notice of the grave historian. – From-Twice-Told-Tales by Hawthorne, Nathaniel
  2. Kindness is a magic solvent. – An Atheist Manifesto by Joseph Lewis
  3. The Vatican was a most admirable house of business, in his estimation, keen, punctual and always solvent; it was good for a financier to be associated with such an institution. – The Heart of Rome by Francis Marion Crawford

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