universal solvent

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Noun1.universal solvent - hypothetical universal solvent once sought by alchemistsuniversal solvent - hypothetical universal solvent once sought by alchemists
dissolvent, dissolver, dissolving agent, resolvent, solvent - a liquid substance capable of dissolving other substances; "the solvent does not change its state in forming a solution"
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He gave a history of the long dynasty of the alchemists, who spent so many ages in quest of the universal solvent by which the golden principle might be elicited from all things vile and base.
It was a pursuit like unto that of the Universal Solvent of the mediaeval alchemists.
The Judge's face, indeed, rigid and singularly white, refuses to melt into this universal solvent. Fainter and fainter grows the light.
It's simply a universal solvent to so many issues which we all experience," said Lynn Posyton, Community Relations Director of the Concerned Businessmen's Association of Tampa Bay.
"Humour is the universal solvent against the abrasive elements of life.
Being an essential component and universal solvent, water contains several light and trace metals.
The claim of national security isn't a universal solvent for our basic Fourth Amendment rights.
Another magical substance they hypothesized was the "universal solvent." Such a substance would be able to dissolve all other substances, including gold.
Water, as schoolchildren who pay attention know, is the "universal solvent"; a tiny bit of thought also reveals water to be the "universal lubricant." As the ice pack is being lightened, it is simultaneously lubricating the ground below--as deeply as the fissures allow, which may be very, very deep.
"No universal solvent exists that can 'fix' poverty," he indicates.
There were even some fakes, such as almanac and Paracelsus' universal solvent the alkahest.
For example, the search vendors will probably tell you that search is the universal solvent that can address most of your issues.

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