- the act of solving a problem, question, etc.: The situation is approaching solution.
- the state of being solved: a problem capable of solution.
- a particular instance or method of solving; an explanation or answer: The solution is as good as any other.
- the process of determining the answer to a problem.
- the answer itself.
- the process by which a gas, liquid, or solid is dispersed homogeneously in a gas, liquid, or solid without chemical change.
- such a substance, as dissolved sugar or salt in solution.
- a homogeneous, molecular mixture of two or more substances.
- Pharmacology. Also called liquor. a liquid, usually water, in which a medication is dissolved.
- the termination of a disease.
- a breach or break in anything, especially one in parts of the body normally continuous, as from fracture or laceration: solution of continuity.
Origin of solution
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Examples from the Web for solution
But his solution to this metastasizing threat is, in some ways, counterintuitive.ISIS Fight Has a Spy Shortage, Intel Chair Says
January 2, 2015
After almost five months without a solution, the lack of initiative is starting to embarrass the Lebanese government.A Sunni-Shia Love Story Imperiled by al Qaeda
December 26, 2014
And that solution came from a homemade brew Branch and her sister created together.Goodbye To A Natural Hair Guru: Miss Jessie's Cofounder Titi Branch Dead At 45
December 16, 2014
All of these strategies need to include young men, so that they are part of the solution.The Hidden Link Between Women and War
December 3, 2014
You and I disagree about the solution to this problem, of course, but we agree that there is a problem.Dear Evangelicals: You’re Being Had
November 30, 2014
That the problem is here crying aloud for solution is apparent.'Tis Sixty Years Since
Charles Francis Adams
In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem.
Today we can declare: Government is not the problem, and government is not the solution.
So we are very happy at the solution, and to-morrow we are off.Ballads of a Bohemian
Robert W. Service
Langen has commented on it at some length,125 but offers no solution.The Dramatic Values in Plautus
Wilton Wallace Blancke
- a homogeneous mixture of two or more substances in which the molecules or atoms of the substances are completely dispersed. The constituents can be solids, liquids, or gases
- the act or process of forming a solution
- the state of being dissolved (esp in the phrase in solution)
- a mixture of two or more substances in which one or more components are present as small particles with colloidal dimension; colloida colloidal solution
- a specific answer to or way of answering a problem
- the act or process of solving a problem
- the unique set of values that yield a true statement when substituted for the variables in an equation
- a member of a set of assignments of values to variables under which a given statement is satisfied; a member of a solution set
- the stage of a disease, following a crisis, resulting in its termination
- law the payment, discharge, or satisfaction of a claim, debt, etc
Word Origin and History for solution
late 14c., "a solving or being solved," from Old French solucion "division, dissolving; explanation; payment" or directly from Latin solutionem (nominative solutio) "a loosening or unfastening," noun of action from past participle stem of solvere "to loosen, untie, solve, dissolve" (see solve). Meaning "liquid containing a dissolved substance" is first recorded 1590s.
- A homogeneous mixture of two or more substances, which may be solids, liquids, gases, or a combination of these.
- The state of being dissolved.
- In pharmacology, a liquid preparation containing a solute, especially an aqueous solution of a nonvolatile substance.
- Termination of a disease by a crisis.
- A break, cut, or laceration of the solid tissues.
- Chemistry A mixture in which particles of one or more substances (the solute) are distributed uniformly throughout another substance (the solvent), so that the mixture is homogeneous at the molecular or ionic level. The particles in a solution are smaller than those in either a colloid or a suspension. Compare colloid suspension.
- Mathematics A value or values which, when substituted for a variable in an equation, make the equation true. For example, the solutions to the equation x2 = 4 are 2 and -2.