What does solution mean?

Definitions for solution
səˈlu ʃənso·lu·tion

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. solutionnoun

    a homogeneous mixture of two or more substances; frequently (but not necessarily) a liquid solution

    "he used a solution of peroxide and water"

  2. solution, answer, result, resolution, solventnoun

    a statement that solves a problem or explains how to solve the problem

    "they were trying to find a peaceful solution"; "the answers were in the back of the book"; "he computed the result to four decimal places"

  3. solutionnoun

    a method for solving a problem

    "the easy solution is to look it up in the handbook"

  4. solution, rootnoun

    the set of values that give a true statement when substituted into an equation

  5. solutionnoun

    the successful action of solving a problem

    "the solution took three hours"


  1. solutionnoun

    A homogeneous mixture, which may be liquid, gas or solid, formed by dissolving one or more substances.

  2. solutionnoun

    An act, plan or other means, used or proposed, to solve a problem.

  3. solutionnoun

    The answer to a problem.

  4. solutionnoun

    A product, service or suite thereof.

  5. solutionnoun

    Satisfaction of a claim or debt.

  6. Etymology: From solucion (French: solution).

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Solutionnoun

    Etymology: solution, French; solutio, Latin.

    In all bodies there is an appetite of union, and evitation of solution of continuity. Francis Bacon, Nat. History.

    Aretæus, to procure sleep, recommends a solution of opium in water to foment the forehead. John Arbuthnot, on Coins.

    When salt of Tartar per deliquium, poured into the solution of any metal, precipitates the metal, and makes it fall down to the bottom of the liquor in the form of mud, does not this argue that the acid particles are attracted more strongly by the salt of tartar than by the metal, and by the stronger attraction go from the metal to the salt of tartar? Isaac Newton, Opt.

    Something yet of doubt remains,
    Which only thy solution can resolve. John Milton, Parad. Lost.

    They give the reins to wand’ring thoughts,
    ’Till by their own perplexities involv’d
    They ravel more, still less resolv’d,
    But never find self-satisfying solution. John Milton, Agonistes.

    With hope and fear
    The woman did the new solution hear;
    The man diffides in his own augury,
    And doubts. Dryden.

    This will instruct you to give a plainer solution of any difficulties that may attend the theme, and refute objections. Isaac Watts.


  1. solution

    A solution generally refers to the answer to a problem or the resolution of a difficulty. In chemistry, a solution is a homogeneous mixture composed of two or more substances. In mathematics, it represents the value obtained from the process of solving an equation.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Solutionnoun

    the act of separating the parts of any body, or the condition of undergoing a separation of parts; disruption; breach

  2. Solutionnoun

    the act of solving, or the state of being solved; the disentanglement of any intricate problem or difficult question; explanation; clearing up; -- used especially in mathematics, either of the process of solving an equation or problem, or the result of the process

  3. Solutionnoun

    the state of being dissolved or disintegrated; resolution; disintegration

  4. Solutionnoun

    the act or process by which a body (whether solid, liquid, or gaseous) is absorbed into a liquid, and, remaining or becoming fluid, is diffused throughout the solvent; also, the product reulting from such absorption

  5. Solutionnoun

    release; deliverance; discharge

  6. Solutionnoun

    the termination of a disease; resolution

  7. Solutionnoun

    a crisis

  8. Solutionnoun

    a liquid medicine or preparation (usually aqueous) in which the solid ingredients are wholly soluble

  9. Etymology: [OE. solucion, OF. solucion, F. solution, fr. L. solutio, fr. solvere, solutum, to loosen, dissolve. See Solve.]


  1. Solution

    In chemistry, a solution is a homogeneous mixture composed of only one phase. In such a mixture, a solute is a substance dissolved in another substance, known as a solvent. The solvent does the dissolving. The solution more or less takes on the characteristics of the solvent including its phase, and the solvent is commonly the major fraction of the mixture. The concentration of a solute in a solution is a measure of how much of that solute is dissolved in the solvent.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Solution

    sol-ū′shun, n. act of solving or dissolving, esp. a solid by a fluid: the separating of the parts of any body: the preparation resulting from dissolving a solid in a liquid: explanation: removal of a doubt: construction or solving of a problem: the crisis of a disease.—adj. Solūte′, loose, free: merry, cheerful: (bot.) not adhering.—v.t. (Bacon) to dissolve.—adj. Sol′ūtive, tending to dissolve: loosening.—Solution of continuity (surg.), the separation of parts normally continuous, by fracture, &c. [L. solutiosolvĕre, solutum, to loosen.]

Editors Contribution

  1. solution

    An agreement or process to solve.

    They had to agree a solution for the way forward at the peacetalks, it was easily achieved as the people knew only peace creates peace.

    Submitted by MaryC on December 30, 2019  

  2. solution

    An intuitive, just and fair feeling, knowing, understanding, creation, response, formula or agreement.

    They have the solution for all to move forward in unity, it is agreed we all work together in unity to achieve for the optimum health, human rights and shared prosperity of all.

    Submitted by MaryC on December 30, 2019  

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'solution' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1502

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'solution' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2493

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'solution' in Nouns Frequency: #480

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of solution in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of solution in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of solution in a Sentence

  1. Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop:

    Cambodia is committed to a regional solution and has committed through a memorandum of understanding with the Australian government to resettle some asylum seekers who are found to be genuine refugees, it wishes to harness the skills of foreign workers and in this way, they can resettle people into Cambodia and help boost their GDP.

  2. Carla Staver:

    I understand the appeal of this, it is a much less difficult solution to climate change if it were to indeed work... Where it becomes insidious and problematic is that we have good evidence that it won't work, and that it's a distraction from the things that will work, (such as) making difficult decisions to cut emissions.

  3. Eli Bean:

    This solution did not exist beforehand, it will allow us to get the information we need real time, and certainly reduce response time and improve the care we provide.

  4. Ryan Hammond:

    When we think about families with children with autism coming to a game, theres barriers to re-entry, theres sensory overload when we score a touchdown and theres pyrotechnics, we felt the sensory room was what we needed to be fully accessible and the idea behind it was not to change the experience but deliver a solution if they needed to take a break. If the sensory bag wasnt enough, you dont have to leave the stadium. You can take a break, de-escalate, calm down and rejoin the experience when you felt ready.

  5. Debbie Misajon:

    I'm all for coming and enjoying the islands, but( I) encourage people to find ways to be part of the solution, it might be trite, but spend your money locally.

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