soluble

[ sol-yuh-buh l ]
/ ˈsɒl yə bəl /

adjective

capable of being dissolved or liquefied: a soluble powder.
capable of being solved or explained: a soluble problem.

noun

something soluble.

Nearby words

  1. solti, sir georg,
  2. solubility,
  3. solubility product,
  4. solubility test,
  5. solubilize,
  6. soluble glass,
  7. soluble rna,
  8. solum,
  9. solunar,
  10. solus

Origin of soluble

1350–1400; Middle English < Late Latin solūbilis, equivalent to Latin solū-, variant stem of solvere to loosen, dissolve + -bilis -ble

Related forms
Can be confusedsolvable soluble

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British Dictionary definitions for nonsoluble

soluble

/ (ˈsɒljʊbəl) /

adjective

(of a substance) capable of being dissolved, esp easily dissolved in some solvent, usually water
capable of being solved or answered
Derived Formssolubleness, nounsolubly, adverb

Word Origin for soluble

C14: from Late Latin solūbilis, from Latin solvere to dissolve

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Word Origin and History for nonsoluble

soluble

adj.

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.

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Medicine definitions for nonsoluble

soluble

[ sŏlyə-bəl ]

adj.

Capable of being dissolved, especially easily dissolved.

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Science definitions for nonsoluble

soluble

[ sŏlyə-bəl ]

Capable of being dissolved. Salt, for example, is soluble in water.
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