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


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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Then sponge with cold water and blot dry to remove the detergent/vinegar solution. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "How to Remove Vomit Stains From Carpet, Clothing, and More," 5 Mar. 2019 Hair-care products for thinning hair: Products formulated to provide solutions for people with thinning hair, including shampoos, leave-in conditioners, and deep conditioners/hair masks. Tiffany Dodson, SELF, "Here Are the Submission Guidelines for Our 2019 Healthy Beauty Awards," 5 Mar. 2019 Qualcomm isn’t exactly throwing the bleeding-edge solutions under the bus, instead positioning its upcoming chip as the next generation. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Qualcomm's next Snapdragon chip suggests 2020 really will be the year of 5G phones," 25 Feb. 2019 The chip-free solution that requires minimal upkeep might just be next season's biggest—and easiest—wedding day trend. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "Jennifer Lawrence Reveals Her Engagement Ring—And a Bridal Manicure Trend in the Making," 22 Feb. 2019 Talakoub suggests applying either a topical antibiotic solution (like Neosporin) or topical steroid (like Cortizone) over the area with bumps. Audrey Noble, Harper's BAZAAR, "How To Get Rid Of Annoying Razor Bumps," 21 Feb. 2019 Lawmakers continue acting like the solutions are some sort of mystery, as if there aren’t years of research and experiences in other countries that show restrictions on firearms can save lives. German Lopez, Vox, "I’ve covered gun violence for years. The solutions aren’t a big mystery.," 14 Feb. 2019 Soak a brush in the solution and scrub until clean. Isadora Baum, SELF, "Here’s How to Clean Sneakers Depending on the Material," 17 Feb. 2019 The clever solution comes, like other parts of Gittel’s story, from an improbable event that really happened. Meghan Cox Gurdon, WSJ, "Children’s Books: Tales Well Worth Repeating," 15 Feb. 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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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.


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


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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