solution

noun
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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Recent Examples on the Web The meeting should be one of many Biden has to make good on his campaign promise to work across the aisle and find a solution that can garner significant bipartisan support. Lanhee J. Chen, CNN, "10 GOPers are throwing Biden a lifeline. He should take it," 30 Apr. 2021 Johnson said immigration has been a problem since she was elected to the House almost 30 years ago, but the government has to work to find a solution for it. Elizabeth Thompson, Dallas News, "From ‘boring, but radical’ to turning ‘crisis into opportunity’: Texans weigh in on Joe Biden’s big speech," 29 Apr. 2021 But some people find a solution, and find a way to help others, too. Chanel Stitt, Detroit Free Press, "These Detroiters turned their problems into successful businesses," 28 Apr. 2021 To pass legislation, however, Congress would need to amend its current leading proposal for $50,000 of student loan forgiveness to find a solution that attracts more support. Zack Friedman, Forbes, "5 Myths About Student Loan Cancellation," 27 Apr. 2021 Baridi is asking Kenya’s government and USAID to find a solution so that the drugs can be delivered quicker. Ashlee Banks, Essence, "Dispute Between U.S. Aid Agency and Kenya Causing HIV Drug Shortage in African Country, Per Reports," 27 Apr. 2021 Baridi urged Kenya's government and USAID to find a solution on who should distribute the drugs quickly, for the sake of the children. Tom Odula, Star Tribune, "HIV drugs run short in Kenya as people say lives at risk," 24 Apr. 2021 That has created more possibilities for foreign governments and environmental groups to engage Brazilian farmers and officials to find a solution. Timothy Puko, WSJ, "Brazil’s Climate Overture to Biden: Pay Us Not to Raze Amazon," 21 Apr. 2021 Someone as in-tune with his swing as Mountcastle is won’t struggle to find a solution there. Jon Meoli, baltimoresun.com, "Breaking down how the Orioles’ vaunted corner bats have begun the season | ANALYSIS," 20 Apr. 2021

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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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The first known use of solution was in the 14th century

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“Solution.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/solution. Accessed 16 May. 2021.

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solution

noun

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.

solution

noun
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

solution

noun
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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