- capable of being dissolved or liquefied: a soluble powder.
- capable of being solved or explained: a soluble problem.
- something soluble.
Origin of soluble
Examples from the Web for soluble
The lead salts not soluble in ether were decomposed by acid.
The strong compounds of earth and water are not soluble by water, but only by fire.Timaeus
There is considerable hydrolysis of the lignocellulose to soluble products.
This 'pectin' is therefore a form of soluble lignocellulose.
These are white solids, soluble in water, the latter sparingly so.An Elementary Study of Chemistry
- (of a substance) capable of being dissolved, esp easily dissolved in some solvent, usually water
- capable of being solved or answered
Word Origin and History for soluble
late 14c., "capable of being dissolved," from Old French soluble "expungable, eradicable" (13c.), from Late Latin solubilis "that may be loosened or dissolved," from stem of Latin solvere "loosen, dissolve" (see solve). Meaning "capable of being solved" is attested from 1705. Substances are soluble, not solvable; problems can be either.
- Capable of being dissolved, especially easily dissolved.
- Capable of being dissolved. Salt, for example, is soluble in water.