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[suh-loo-shuh n] /səˈlu ʃən/
the act of solving a problem, question, etc.:
The situation is approaching solution.
the state of being solved:
a problem capable of solution.
a particular instance or method of solving; an explanation or answer:
The solution is as good as any other.
  1. the process of determining the answer to a problem.
  2. the answer itself.
  1. the process by which a gas, liquid, or solid is dispersed homogeneously in a gas, liquid, or solid without chemical change.
  2. such a substance, as dissolved sugar or salt in solution.
  3. a homogeneous, molecular mixture of two or more substances.
Pharmacology. Also called liquor. a liquid, usually water, in which a medication is dissolved.
  1. the termination of a disease.
  2. a breach or break in anything, especially one in parts of the body normally continuous, as from fracture or laceration:
    solution of continuity.
1325-75; Middle English < Latin solūtiōn- (stem of solūtiō), equivalent to solūt(us) (see solute) + -iōn- -ion
Related forms
solutional, adjective
nonsolution, noun
presolution, noun
3. key, resolution. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for solution
  • The short answer is that there is no perfect solution.
  • Repeated attempts at their solution without the aid of government had left us baffled and bewildered.
  • We should thus have the solution of our problem, if the constants a and b were known.
  • The solution of this problem promised enormous gains.
  • Not only that, the solution marked the birth of a new field, called compressive sampling.
  • The water solution soon turned into a dense form of ice.
  • Only six puzzlers have managed to walk away with the solution by the time this solution was originally posted.
  • But one way to cut back on your expenses is to make your own fog solution.
  • But that is probably not going to be a widespread solution, particularly in more cash-strapped areas of the country.
  • Apple's solution would identify users by the sound of their voice.
British Dictionary definitions for solution


a homogeneous mixture of two or more substances in which the molecules or atoms of the substances are completely dispersed. The constituents can be solids, liquids, or gases
the act or process of forming a solution
the state of being dissolved (esp in the phrase in solution)
a mixture of two or more substances in which one or more components are present as small particles with colloidal dimension; colloid: a colloidal solution
a specific answer to or way of answering a problem
the act or process of solving a problem
  1. the unique set of values that yield a true statement when substituted for the variables in an equation
  2. a member of a set of assignments of values to variables under which a given statement is satisfied; a member of a solution set
the stage of a disease, following a crisis, resulting in its termination
(law) the payment, discharge, or satisfaction of a claim, debt, etc
Word Origin
C14: from Latin solūtiō an unloosing, from solūtus; see solute
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Word Origin and History for solution

late 14c., "a solving or being solved," from Old French solucion "division, dissolving; explanation; payment" or directly from Latin solutionem (nominative solutio) "a loosening or unfastening," noun of action from past participle stem of solvere "to loosen, untie, solve, dissolve" (see solve). Meaning "liquid containing a dissolved substance" is first recorded 1590s.

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solution in Medicine

solution so·lu·tion (sə-lōō'shən)
Abbr. sol., soln.

  1. A homogeneous mixture of two or more substances, which may be solids, liquids, gases, or a combination of these.

  2. The state of being dissolved.

  3. In pharmacology, a liquid preparation containing a solute, especially an aqueous solution of a nonvolatile substance.

  4. Termination of a disease by a crisis.

  5. A break, cut, or laceration of the solid tissues.

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solution in Science
  1. Chemistry A mixture in which particles of one or more substances (the solute) are distributed uniformly throughout another substance (the solvent), so that the mixture is homogeneous at the molecular or ionic level. The particles in a solution are smaller than those in either a colloid or a suspension. Compare colloid, suspension.

  2. Mathematics A value or values which, when substituted for a variable in an equation, make the equation true. For example, the solutions to the equation x2 = 4 are 2 and -2.

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solution in Culture

solution definition

In chemistry, a uniform mixture of one solid, liquid, or gas with another solid, liquid, or gas.

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solution in Technology
A marketroid term for something he wants to sell you without bothering you with the often dizzying distinctions between hardware, software, services, applications, file formats, companies, brand names and operating systems.
"Flash is a perfect image-streaming solution." "What is it?" "Um... about a thousand dollars."
See also: technology.
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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