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solve

[solv] /sɒlv/
verb (used with object), solved, solving.
1.
to find the answer or explanation for; clear up; explain:
to solve the mystery of the missing books.
2.
to work out the answer or solution to (a mathematical problem).
Origin of solve
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English solven < Latin solvere to loosen, free, release, dissolve
Related forms
solver, noun
presolve, verb (used with object), presolved, presolving.
unsolved, adjective
well-solved, adjective
Synonyms
1. resolve, unravel, untangle, crack.
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  • Sometimes he attempted to solve arithmetical questions which had perplexed him while at school.

    Biographical Stories Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • When you solve a sum you go from "a" to "b" and from "b" to "c" and from "c" to "d" and so on.

    Ancient Man Hendrik Willem van Loon
  • During the night, he found time to solve the problem, collect his men, and rob the castle.

  • But this does not astonish us when we understand the difficulties which he was obliged to solve.

    Ancient Man Hendrik Willem van Loon
  • How, with all his energy, he managed to pay his way is a mystery, which his biographer is unable fully to solve.

British Dictionary definitions for solve

solve

/sɒlv/
verb (transitive)
1.
to find the explanation for or solution to (a mystery, problem, etc)
2.
(maths)
  1. to work out the answer to (a problem)
  2. to obtain the roots of (an equation)
Derived Forms
solver, noun
Word Origin
C15: from Latin solvere to loosen, release, free from debt
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Word Origin and History for solve
v.

late 14c., "to disperse, dissipate, loosen," from Latin solvere "to loosen, dissolve; untie, release, detach; depart; unlock; scatter; dismiss; accomplish, fulfill; explain; remove," from PIE *se-lu-, from reflexive pronoun *s(w)e- (see idiom) + root *leu- "to loosen, divide, cut apart" (see lose). The meaning "explain, answer" is attested from 1530s; for sense evolution, see solution. Mathematical use is attested from 1737. Related: Solved; solving.

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solve in Technology


Parallel object-oriented language. "Message Pattern Specifications: A New Technique for Handling Errors in Parallel Object- Oriented Systems", J.A. Purchase et al, SIGPLAN Notices 25(10):116-125 (OOPSLA/ECOOP '90) (Oct 1990).

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010 http://foldoc.org
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