solution

noun
so·​lu·​tion | \ sə-ˈlü-shən How to pronounce solution (audio) \

Definition of solution

1a : an action or process of solving a problem
b : an answer to a problem : explanation specifically : a set of values of the variables that satisfies an equation
2a : an act or the process by which a solid, liquid, or gaseous substance is homogeneously mixed with a liquid or sometimes a gas or solid
b : a homogeneous mixture formed by this process especially : a single-phase liquid system
c : the condition of being dissolved
3 : a bringing or coming to an end or into a state of discontinuity

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Synonyms for solution

Synonyms

answer, result

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Examples of solution in a Sentence

Medication may not be the best solution for the patient's condition. The solution is simple you need to spend less money. She made a solution of baking soda and water. a 40 percent saline solution He rinsed the contact lens with saline solution. the solution of sucrose in water
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They city is seeking an additional 15 years to come up with a solution to the chloride pollution, which is likely caused by home water softeners. USA TODAY, "Ink library, parking barnacles, lunar training grounds: News from around our 50 states," 9 July 2019 However, a number of solutions to establishing that value and redistributing it have been raised in the last few years. Hanna Kozlowska, Quartz, "How much is your data worth?," 8 July 2019 Frank Miltenberger, Denver The USDA has stepped in its own poop coming up with an awfully cruel solution to mediate the overpopulation problem in Denver parks. Dp Opinion, The Denver Post, "Letters: Rounding up geese from parks — cruel or beneficial? (7/7/19)," 7 July 2019 Sager said Hogsett is collecting data that will lead to long-term solutions. James Briggs, Indianapolis Star, "Jim Merritt and Joe Hogsett say each other's to blame for renters' nightmares in Indianapolis," 3 July 2019 Back then, only a third of American families had electricity in their homes, and since those days, the company has adapted through the ever-changing environment of electrical solutions. Grace Connatser, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee's Standard Electric Supply Co. celebrates 100 years in business," 3 July 2019 Preserved inside a glass container filled with a solution of formaldehyde, the chunk of gray matter floats effortlessly, as though suspended in time. Jennifer Nalewicki, Smithsonian, "How One Museum Is Giving a Voice to Former Mental Health Patients," 2 July 2019 But the issue is complex and liberal politicians like Sanders and Omar often come up with solutions without understanding key components of the problem. Edward Lotterman, Twin Cities, "Real World Economics: Student debt issue needs more study," 30 June 2019 The first summer after the fatal attack, the area is working to come up with a solution to the problem. Colleen Cronin, PEOPLE.com, "1 Year After Deadly Great White Attack, 'Shark-Smart' Cape Cod Works to Prevent More Deaths," 28 June 2019

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First Known Use of solution

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for solution

Middle English solucion explanation, dispersal of bodily humors, from Anglo-French, from Latin solution-, solutio, from solvere to loosen, solve

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solution

noun

English Language Learners Definition of solution

: something that is used or done to deal with and end a problem : something that solves a problem
: the act of solving something
: a correct answer to a problem, puzzle, etc.

solution

noun
so·​lu·​tion | \ sə-ˈlü-shən How to pronounce solution (audio) \

Kids Definition of solution

1 : the act or process of solving His solution to the problem was to wait.
2 : an answer to a problem : explanation The solution of the math problem is on the board.
3 : the act or process by which a solid, liquid, or gas is dissolved in a liquid
4 : a liquid in which something has been dissolved a solution of sugar in water

solution

noun
so·​lu·​tion | \ sə-ˈlü-shən How to pronounce solution (audio) \

Medical Definition of solution

1a : an act or the process by which a solid, liquid, or gaseous substance is homogeneously mixed with a liquid or sometimes a gas or solid

called also dissolution

b : a homogeneous mixture formed by this process
2a : a liquid containing a dissolved substance an aqueous solution
b : a liquid and usually aqueous medicinal preparation with the solid ingredients soluble
c : the condition of being dissolved a substance in solution

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