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solve
verb (solved , solving )
1 to discover the answer to (a puzzle) or a way out of (a problem).
2 to clear up or explain something.
[15c: from Latin solvere to loosen]
solvable adjective .
solver noun .


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solvent
adjective able to pay all one's debts.
noun , chem
1 in a solution: the liquid in which a solid or gas (the solute) is dissolved.
2 a substance used to dissolve another, eg for dissolving and removing an unwanted substance such as glue.
solvency noun the ability to pay one's debts.


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solvent abuse
noun inhalation of the fumes given off by various solvents, eg adhesives, petrol or butane gas, in order to induce euphoria.


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