1. That which has the power of resolving, or causing solution; a solvent.
2. (Science: medicine) That which has power to disperse inflammatory or other tumours; a discutient; anything which aids the absorption of effused products.
3. (Science: mathematics) An equation upon whose solution the solution of a given pproblem depends.
Origin: L. Resolvens, p. Pr. Of resolvere: cf. F. Resolvant.