soluble

adjective
sol·u·ble | \ˈsäl-yə-bəl \

Definition of soluble 

1 : susceptible of being dissolved in or as if in a liquid and especially water

2 : subject to being solved or explained soluble questions

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Soluble looks like a word that should be confined to chemistry labs, though it's often used by nonchemists as well to describe substances that can be dissolved in liquids. On the other hand, the sense of soluble meaning "solvable" is also quite common. In this sense, soluble, like its opposite, insoluble, is usually paired with problem. If only all life's problems were soluble by stirring them in a container filled with water.

Examples of soluble in a Sentence

Sugar is soluble in water. one murder case that proved to be soluble after all

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This is possible using a process known as electrolysis, which involves running a current through a water sample containing some soluble electrolyte. Charles W. Dunnill, Scientific American, "Method of Making Oxygen from Water in Zero Gravity Raises Hope for Long-Distance Space Travel," 10 July 2018 High fiber plant foods work to clean the gut by either keeping things moving along (insoluble), or by packaging up and carrying away (soluble) unwanted/unneeded materials. Lori Nickel, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Chin Up: The body's second brain — the gut — and how to keep it healthy," 13 June 2018 Then, dose with your favorite regular water-soluble fertilizer. Molly Marquand, Good Housekeeping, "5 Mistakes You’re Making With Your Fiddle-Leaf Fig," 15 Aug. 2016 Cat waste from the litter box should also not be flushed, because the litter dehydrates the waste and toilets are meant to flush water soluble waste. 11. Brittney Morgan, House Beautiful, "16 Things You Should Never Flush Down The Toilet," 29 June 2018 Almost all the adhesives used to make the sandals are water soluble and solvent-free, and the shoes will still last a decade or more. Jakob Schiller, Outside Online, "We Will Always Love Our Birkenstocks," 14 June 2018 This God is scientifically soluble, but so far all claims of such measurements have yet to exceed statistical chance. Michael Shermer, Scientific American, "Will Science Ever Solve the Mysteries of Consciousness, Free Will and God?," 13 July 2018 Some gardeners even apply a soluble fertilizer like Peters or Schultz every other irrigation. Calvin Finch, San Antonio Express-News, "Container plants perfect for the San Antonio summer heat," 15 June 2018 For one thing, whole fruit has both soluble and insoluble fiber. Markham Heid, Time, "Is It Possible To Eat Too Much Fruit?," 6 June 2018

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First Known Use of soluble

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for soluble

Middle English, from Anglo-French, digestible, laxative, from Late Latin solubilis, from Latin solvere to loosen, dissolve — more at solve

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More Definitions for soluble

soluble

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of soluble

: capable of being dissolved in a liquid

: capable of being solved or explained

soluble

adjective
sol·u·ble | \ˈsäl-yə-bəl \

Kids Definition of soluble

1 : capable of being dissolved in liquid Sugar is soluble in water.

2 : capable of being solved or explained a soluble problem

soluble

adjective
sol·u·ble | \ˈsäl-yə-bəl \

Medical Definition of soluble 

1 : susceptible of being dissolved in or as if in a fluid

2 : capable of being emulsified a soluble oil

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