soluble

adjective
sol·​u·​ble | \ ˈsäl-yə-bəl How to pronounce soluble (audio) \

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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Hint: In most cases, water-soluble products (like bleach) can be flushed down the drain or toilet with running water, and solid cleaning products like bar soaps and scouring pads can go in the trash. Alissa Katz, Good Housekeeping, "How to Dispose of Everything, Including Old Cell Phones, Mattresses, and Batteries," 8 Jan. 2019 In a study at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, people who ate more soluble fiber accumulated less visceral fat. Karyn Repinski, Woman's Day, "New Research Links Belly Fat to an Increased Risk of Heart Attacks in Women," 23 Jan. 2019 The most common, used in both clinical trials and consumer products, is via an oil in which CBD, which is naturally soluble in fat, has been dissolved. Dan Nosowitz, Vox, "The super-popular cannabis compound, explained.," 1 Nov. 2018 And apply a similar high-N, water-soluble plant food to your patio pots and hanging baskets once or twice a week. Neil Sperry, star-telegram, "Here’s your gardening to-do list for the second part of the summer," 11 July 2018 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

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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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soluble

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of soluble

: capable of being dissolved in a liquid
formal : capable of being solved or explained

soluble

adjective
sol·​u·​ble | \ ˈsäl-yə-bəl How to pronounce soluble (audio) \

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 How to pronounce soluble (audio) \

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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