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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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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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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2 Jul 2020

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“Solution.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jul. 2020.

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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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