American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. That can be dissolved, especially easily dissolved: soluble fats.
- adj. Possible to solve or explain: soluble mysteries.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Capable of being dissolved in a fluid; capable of solution; dissolvable.
- Figuratively, capable of being solved or resolved, as an algebraical equation; capable of being disentangled, cleared up, unfolded, or settled by explanation, as a doubt, question, etc.; solvable.
- Relaxed; loose; open.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Susceptible of being dissolved in a fluid; capable of solution.
- adj. Susceptible of being solved; ; susceptible of being disentangled, unraveled, or explained.
- adj. rare Relaxed; open or readily opened.
- adj. susceptible of solution or of being solved or explained
- adj. (of a substance) capable of being dissolved in some solvent (usually water)
- From Middle French soluble. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from Old French, from Late Latin solūbilis, from Latin solvere, to loosen; see leu- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The loss represents the amount of _organic matter soluble in water_, the ash gives the quantity of _soluble inorganic matter_.”
“In the soil, especially in contact with soluble alkaline bodies, as ammonia and lime, there is a progressive conversion of the _insoluble_ or _less soluble_ into”
“In this respect this imaginary chemical ferment would differ entirely from those which we call soluble ferments, since diastase, emulsine, &c., may be easily isolated.”
“We've taken out what we call the soluble fibres and what's called resistant starch," he said.”
“Starbucks has made a "breakthrough in soluble coffee," and it will be bringing it to a cafe near you.”
“If you want to try some dietary approaches, cook with flaxseed and add some foods high in soluble fiber — like good old oatmeal.”
“This new study highlights the importance of certain soluble proteins, called cytokines, in Alzheimer’s disease.”
“It sometimes seems that a problem shuffled off is, from the point of view of those who claim to help, a problem solved - and that the one thing they will never do is admit that some problems are not at least in facile terms soluble, and allow even insolubility its full measure of acknowledgement.”
“Even his athletic coitus is rendered interruptus for lack of the right (water-soluble, that is) spermicide.”
“Nef then prompts the macrophage into releasing a couple of other proteins called soluble factors, which go on to stimulate other components of the immune system that are called B cells.”
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