- to find the answer or explanation for; clear up; explain: to solve the mystery of the missing books.
- to work out the answer or solution to (a mathematical problem).
Origin of solve
Synonyms for solve
Examples from the Web for solver
Historical Examples of solver
A Minnesota solver secured the second prize, which in this case is made $3.
One solver answered correctly all save four of the questions.
A score of blanched faces were turned to him as though he must be solver of the enigma.The Were-Wolf
One solver, who lives in Pennsylvania, found all the answers save one, and got the first prize of $10 as his reward.
The U has been taken from the second 'surely' instead of the first, to mislead the solver.The Mystery of the Downs
John R. Watson
- to find the explanation for or solution to (a mystery, problem, etc)
- to work out the answer to (a problem)
- to obtain the roots of (an equation)
Word Origin for solve
late 14c., "to disperse, dissipate, loosen," from Latin solvere "to loosen, dissolve; untie, release, detach; depart; unlock; scatter; dismiss; accomplish, fulfill; explain; remove," from PIE *se-lu-, from reflexive pronoun *s(w)e- (see idiom) + root *leu- "to loosen, divide, cut apart" (see lose). The meaning "explain, answer" is attested from 1530s; for sense evolution, see solution. Mathematical use is attested from 1737. Related: Solved; solving.