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[soh-luh nt]
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  1. The, a channel between the Isle of Wight and the mainland of S England. 2–5 miles (3.2–8 km) wide.
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Examples from the Web for solent

Historical Examples

  • Unless we can intercept the vessel that bears him across the Solent.

    The Young Cavalier

    Percy F. Westerman

  • All the ships on this side of it will have time to work up the Solent.

    Cradock Nowell, Vol. 2 (of 3)

    Richard Doddridge Blackmore

  • In front sparkled the waters of the Solent, the Bond Street of ocean highways.

    The Message

    Louis Tracy

  • A slight knock on the head while swimming in the Solent—that is all.

    The Message

    Louis Tracy

  • It lies on the estuary of the Lymington, which opens into the Solent.

British Dictionary definitions for solent


  1. the Solent a strait of the English Channel between the coast of Hampshire, on the English mainland, and the Isle of Wight. Width: up to 6 km (4 miles)
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