Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A homogeneous mixture of two or more substances, which may be solids, liquids, gases, or a combination of these.
  • n. The process of forming such a mixture.
  • n. The state of being dissolved.
  • n. The method or process of solving a problem.
  • n. The answer to or disposition of a problem.
  • n. Law Payment or satisfaction of a claim or debt.
  • n. The act of separating or breaking up; dissolution.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A homogeneous mixture, which may be liquid, gas or solid, formed by dissolving one or more substances.
  • n. An act, plan or other means, used or proposed, to solve a problem.
  • n. The answer to a problem.
  • n. A product, service or suite thereof.
  • n. Satisfaction of a claim or debt.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of separating the parts of any body, or the condition of undergoing a separation of parts; disruption; breach.
  • n. 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.
  • n. The state of being dissolved or disintegrated; resolution; disintegration.
  • n. 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 resulting from such absorption.
  • n. Release; deliverance; discharge.
  • n.
  • n. The termination of a disease; resolution.
  • n. A crisis.
  • n. A liquid medicine or preparation (usually aqueous) in which the solid ingredients are wholly soluble.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of separating the parts of any body; disruption; rupture; fracture; breach: as, a solution of continuity (see below).
  • n. The transformation of matter from a solid or gaseous state to the liquid state by means of a liquid called the solvent or menstruum; the state of being dissolved.
  • n. The liquid produced as a result of the process or action above described; the preparation made by dissolving a solid in a liquid: as, a solution salt, soda, or alum; solution of iron, etc.
  • n. A liquid or dissolved state or condition; unsettled state; suspense.
  • n. The act of solving, working out, explaining, clearing up, or settling, or the state of being solved, explained, cleared up, or settled; resolution; explanation: as, the solution of a difficult problem or of a doubt in casuistry.
  • n. A method of solving or finally clearing up or settling something. Specifically
  • n. The answer to a problem or puzzle of any kind, together with the proof that that answer is correct.
  • n. Dissolution; a dissolving.
  • n. Release; deliverance; discharge.
  • n. In medicine, the termination of a disease, especially when accompanied by critical symptoms; the crisis of a disease.
  • n. In civil law, payment; satisfaction of a creditor.
  • n. A solution of the general quartic, due to Professor Cayley. Let U = 0 be the quartic, H its Hessian, S its quadrinvariant, T its cubinvariant or catalecticant, and c 1, c2, c 3 the roots of the cubic c——S c—T = 0, then the solution follows from The square roots can always be extracted.
  • n. Normal solutions are of great value in volumetric chemical analysis. When solutions of less strength than the normal are desired, they are diluted one half, one fifth, one tenth, and one one-hundredth, giving seminormal, quintinormal, decinormal, and centinormal solutions. These are usually abbreviated as and .

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a method for solving a problem
  • n. the successful action of solving a problem
  • n. the set of values that give a true statement when substituted into an equation
  • n. a homogeneous mixture of two or more substances; frequently (but not necessarily) a liquid solution
  • n. a statement that solves a problem or explains how to solve the problem

Etymologies

Middle English, from Old French, from Latin solūtiō, solūtiōn-, from solūtus, past participle of solvere, to loosen; see solute.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French solucion (French: solution). (Wiktionary)

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