so·lu·tion | \sə-ˈlü-shən \

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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Klab’s solution was a miniature village with each building having just three sides exposed. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Prefab nursery is designed to look like a child’s drawing," 19 June 2018 In an interview last summer, Radha Muthiah, then the Alliance’s chief executive, said the Alliance was never against propane stoves, but should have been more direct about its openness to a fossil-fuel solution. Sara Morrison, USA TODAY, "In developing world, an expensive push to reduce cooking fire deaths falls short," 13 July 2018 Boutique health trends in Louisville Flotation therapy What: Float belly-up in a pool filled with a concentrated Epsom salt solution that allows you to suspend effortlessly. Zahria Rogers, The Courier-Journal, "Concierge IV hydration therapy service seeks to rehydrate Louisville," 12 July 2018 The pensions committee has been tasked with coming up with a solution by November that Congress could vote on before the end of the year. Washington Post, "Thousands rally in Ohio for solution to pension crisis," 12 July 2018 Even Angela Merkel, Germany’s chancellor, recently called for a price to be put on personal data, asking researchers to come up with solutions. The Economist, "What if people were paid for their data?," 7 July 2018 Here are the common problems that many of us face during the sweaty summer months along with simple solutions and product recommendations. Mona Gohara, Good Housekeeping, "How to Prevent and Treat That Annoying Rash Between Your Thighs," 6 July 2018 So, these days, my wonderful wife deals with them (as with most of the gardening chores), first by spraying them with a homemade garlic solution. Jeff Lowenfels, Anchorage Daily News, "If you have plants outside, you have aphids. Here’s what to do about it.," 5 July 2018 Unhappy with the green and brown mosaic tile backsplash in her rental, Tersey set out for a temporary solution that could transform the space. Danielle Tullo, House Beautiful, "This Insane Kitchen Renovation Was Done With $9 Contact Paper from Amazon," 3 July 2018

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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 \

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 \

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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