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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Microsoft Teams is moving ahead in its gradual replacement of Skype for Business, which was once Microsoft’s go-to solution for collaborating via video or text. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Microsoft Teams taps AI to boost new background, whiteboarding features," 19 Mar. 2019 Part of the solution to America’s widening cancer gap may lie with cities Eliminating these disparities would avert one-third of all cancer deaths in this country, according to the American Cancer Society. Julia Belluz, Vox, "We’re making real progress against cancer. But you may not know it if you’re poor.," 8 Jan. 2019 And in August, Beijing officially cemented the ban just days after President Xi Jinping gave a speech about myopia and authorities recommended curbing video games as one of the solutions. Shannon Liao, The Verge, "China lifts video game ban but not for its biggest player," 29 Dec. 2018 From the front Salon to the communal Study Hall (which doubles as an art gallery with rotating exhibitions), to the Power Jane office, Quiet Room (with noise-cancelling headphones), Think Tank, and back garden, the club is full of solutions. Prue Lewington, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Jane Club Is the Ultimate Work Space for Moms," 14 Dec. 2018 And none of us would complain if Honda obsessed over a better solution than the 10-speed automatic's clumsy shift buttons. Car and Driver, "2019 10Best Cars," 28 Nov. 2018 ColourPop is out here with all of the solutions to the problems people have had with beauty for years. Tynan Sinks, Allure, "I Did A Full Face Of Makeup Using Jelly Highlighters and Eye Shadows — And It Looks Amazing," 19 Sep. 2018 In an age when rising seas pose a threat to coastal cities across the globe—including Africa, Southeast Asia, and northern Europe—BIG proposes an almost ironic solution: a city on the sea. Samantha Swenson, ELLE Decor, "Is Oceanix City by Bjarke Ingels the Real-Life Lost Continent of Atlantis?," 12 Apr. 2019 Intermittent sources such as solar and wind depend on versatile, long-lasting storage solutions to bank extra power generated during peak production times. Jill Kiedaisch, Popular Mechanics, "Thermal Battery Holds 1.2 Megawatt-Hours of Energy in a 20-Foot Box," 10 Apr. 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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