1. Susceptible of being solved, resolved, or explained; admitting of solution.
2. Capable of being paid and discharged; as, solvable obligations. Tooke.
3. Able to pay one's debts; solvent. [Obs.] Fuller.
(Solv"a*ble*ness) n. Quality of being solvable.
(Solve) v. t. [imp. & p. p. Solved (solvd); p. pr. & vb. n. Solving.] [L. solvere, solutum; from
a prefix so- expressing separation (cf. Sober) + luere to loosen; cf. OF. soldre, soudre. See Loose,
and cf. Absolve.] To explain; to resolve; to unfold; to clear up (what is obscure or difficult to be understood); to
work out to a result or conclusion; as, to solve a doubt; to solve difficulties; to solve a problem.
True piety would effectually solve such scruples.South.
God shall solve the dark decrees of fate.Tickell.
Syn. To explain; resolve; unfold; clear up.
(Solve), n. A solution; an explanation. [Obs.] Shak.
(Sol"ven*cy) n. [See Solvent.] The quality or state of being solvent.
(Sol"vend) n. [L. solvendus to be loosened or dissolved, fr. solvere. See Solution.] A substance
to be dissolved. [R.]
(Sol"vent) a. [L. solvens, p. pr. of solvere. See Solvable.]
1. Having the power of dissolving; dissolving; as, a solvent fluid. "The solvent body." Boyle.
2. Able or sufficient to pay all just debts; as, a solvent merchant; the estate is solvent.
(Sol"vent), n. (Chem.) A substance (usually liquid) suitable for, or employed in, solution, or in
dissolving something; as, water is the appropriate solvent of most salts, alcohol of resins, ether of fats,
and mercury or acids of metals, etc.
2. That which resolves; as, a solvent of mystery.