Solvent is a liquid, usually volatile, that is used to reduce paint or primer viscosity. Solvents evaporate during application and drying of paint and therefore do not become a part of the dried film.

Webster Dictionary Meaning

1. Solvent
- Having the power of dissolving; dissolving; as, a solvent fluid.
- Able or sufficient to pay all just debts; as, a solvent merchant; the estate is solvent.
2. Solvent
- 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.
- That which resolves; as, a solvent of mystery.
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