Definition of solution
1a : an action or process of solving a problemb : 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 solidb : a homogeneous mixture formed by this process; especially : a single-phase liquid systemc : the condition of being dissolved
3 : a bringing or coming to an end or into a state of discontinuity
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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Dr. Randy Brinson, president of the Christian Coalition of Alabama, agrees that a physical wall is only part of the solution.
Farmers are working with Fonterra and other companies to find solutions to the environmental impact. ‘
With no federal regulations dictating how long-term care centers should handle offenders, solutions vary state to state.
The Army Corps and state officials began a three-year study of back bay flooding in December in New Jersey that seeks cost-effective solutions that can be replicated elsewhere.
Yik Yak’s image problems seemed to stem from its reliance on anonymous posts and the few solutions that were available to curtail racist, sexist, aggressive or threatening language.
The system has evolved from the multibillion-dollar effort triggered by President Ronald Reagan’s 1983 push for a solution to ballistic missile threats.
Jacobs said those short-term solutions are starting to sound like excuses.
A letter to Norwood Park Township in April describing the parents' plight brought an unexpected solution.
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Origin and Etymology of solution
Middle English solucion explanation, dispersal of bodily humors, from Anglo-French, from Latin solution-, solutio, from solvere to loosen, solve
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
SOLUTION Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of solution for English Language Learners
: 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 Defined for Kids
Definition of solution for Students
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
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 dissolutionb: a homogeneous mixture formed by this process
2a: a liquid containing a dissolved substance an aqueous solutionb: a liquid and usually aqueous medicinal preparation with the solid ingredients solublec: the condition of being dissolved a substance in solution
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