Definition of solution in English:



  • 1A means of solving a problem or dealing with a difficult situation.

    ‘there are no easy solutions to financial and marital problems’
    • ‘Any process aimed at supporting people through to a complete solution will be difficult to manage.’
    • ‘The Department of Education insists the school was always regarded as a temporary solution to an emergency situation.’
    • ‘The easiest solution to this situation is to address the issue right in the beginning during the initial audition.’
    • ‘I wish the mayor and governor would actually stop pretending to be tough and look at the situation to devise a solution.’
    • ‘Arthur, however, does not see this as a reliable solution that will solve this problem.’
    • ‘So far it's proving difficult to find a solution.’
    • ‘Depending on space colonisation to improve the situation puts the solutions far away in the future.’
    • ‘However, the government can only facilitate a solution, it cannot solve the problem.’
    • ‘I must admit I don't have a good solution for this situation and it's frustrating.’
    • ‘For Jordan's benefit, let me point out that there are three possible solutions to the situation.’
    • ‘The problem will not vanish by itself; to continue to ignore it will make a future solution more difficult to achieve.’
    • ‘The space shuttle is a complex solution to a very difficult problem, lifting a crew and a large cargo to Earth orbit.’
    • ‘The decision to divest the business has not been an easy one to make but it is the only solution to a difficult and unsustainable situation.’
    • ‘The promotion of the article page was simply a short-term solution to a difficult situation.’
    • ‘Because if that political process does not move along on that timetable, the military solution cannot solve this problem.’
    • ‘The long-term solution to solving these problems is to develop a societal norm based on a limited number of core values.’
    • ‘On the matter of rising property assessments, we have made a proposal to the Province that we hope will be accepted as a solution to our situation only.’
    • ‘That said there will never be a universal solution to the situation because you can't please all of the people all of the time.’
    • ‘It is difficult to imagine what solutions are likely to come of such a brainstorming session.’
    • ‘Do Americans even want to follow such a leader down a rocky road to difficult solutions?’
    1. 1.1The correct answer to a puzzle.
      ‘the solution to this month's crossword’
      • ‘Each of these assumptions may actually turn out to be false in the universe we live in and therefore provide a solution to the puzzle.’
      • ‘The surviving manuscript journal contains mathematical puzzles and their solutions.’
      • ‘On the right, a bigger one holds the puzzle itself and, if the Hint box is checked, the hint or, rather, the solution to the puzzle.’
      • ‘The book closes with some puzzles and solutions from various aspects of the game.’
      • ‘The solution to this puzzle came not from biology but mathematics.’
      • ‘Following is a more detailed description of the French cooper's compass with a solution to the connection puzzle.’
      • ‘And so to the one-and-three-quarters of you who got the correct solution.’
      • ‘No one likes having to try every object on every other one, because there's some obscure combination that will reward you with the solution to the puzzle.’
      • ‘Puzzles are grouped loosely according to the features they use, and detailed solutions follow each puzzle.’
      • ‘Let's use one of Albert Einstein's techniques, the thought experiment, to understand the solution to this puzzle.’
      • ‘Initially Russell accepted a solution to this puzzle which had been proposed by the nineteenth-century philosopher Alexius Meinong.’
      • ‘The students providing right answers or explaining the solution to a mathematics problem demonstrated this.’
      • ‘These repeating cycles of contemplation-action-closure offer the player one of the rewards of the puzzle solution.’
      • ‘No matter how nonlinear, there are only so many solutions to a puzzle or ways to defeat an enemy.’
      • ‘An update to last week's prisoner switcheroo puzzle: the solution has been posted, and to be honest I'm disappointed.’
      • ‘For each of the eight vignettes, Sarah pointed most often to the photograph that depicted the correct solution.’
      • ‘Clues as to the solutions of the more difficult ones are usually easily solved.’
      • ‘In most cases, the majority of the players did not come up with the correct solutions.’
      • ‘Accumulating data from genomic databases will soon provide the solution to this evolutionary puzzle.’
      • ‘Apparently believing that this was a worthy effort, Luke was the first to post his solution to that puzzle.’
      answer, result, resolution, way out, panacea
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    2. 1.2Products or services designed to meet a particular need.
      ‘we are an Internet marketing firm specializing in e-commerce solutions’
      • ‘The company is dedicated to providing personalized student lending solutions to schools and students to increase access to education.’
      • ‘Using experience gained during exercises in places such as Poland and Hungary, interoperability solutions were then developed and documented for each of the disparate units cut for the deployment.’
      • ‘They've built and consolidated highly managed data centers with sophisticated data protection and disaster recovery solutions, placing them at corporate and large regional headquarters.’
      • ‘And finally, with strong demand for our next generation ATM software solutions in both big four and other banks.’
      • ‘Complete IP solution (threat to GSM from landline data carriers?’
      • ‘Rockwell Collins is at the forefront of developing secure, next-generation GPS solutions.’
      • ‘The company has added reverse osmosis and oxygenation systems to its growing stable of Integrated Water Management solutions.’
      • ‘National Instruments works with industry-leading companies that provide the necessary tools and products to build complete industrial control and automation solutions.’
      • ‘It is very unlikely that a mass-market internet service provider in the US could fund such a move by ad-supported solutions alone.’
      • ‘We have used several enterprise backup solutions, but disaster recovery has been an issue with each one.’
      • ‘Without them it will be difficult for telehealth applications to be considered as anything more than delivery of stand-alone solutions.’
      • ‘The foundation is also active in supporting nonprofit groups that work on issues ranging from gay equality to mass transit solutions to handgun control.’
      • ‘Operators need to start working with vendors now to test and perfect software solutions that allow systems to monitor and direct bandwidth traffic on their plant.’
      • ‘So what I'm saying is that if you want to talk about creative solutions, you need to talk about the whole pie.’
      services, work, programme, provision, offer, proposals, competence, output, deliverables
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  • 2A liquid mixture in which the minor component (the solute) is uniformly distributed within the major component (the solvent)

    • ‘Brine is a solution of sodium chloride and water that may or may not contain other salts.’
    • ‘Unlike common air, fixed air turned lime water (a solution of calcium hydroxide) cloudy.’
    • ‘One way to remove unwanted gases is to pass them through a solution of calcium oxide in the smokestack.’
    • ‘The procedure was stopped when the nitric acid in the solution was almost completely evaporated.’
    • ‘The New York Times reported on one such technique in which foods are bathed in a liquid solution of water and protein.’
    • ‘Some escapes as carbon dioxide from water solutions and returns to the atmosphere.’
    • ‘Simply mix the liquid solution with water and sprinkle over your already decaying organic material.’
    • ‘Two micrograms of the lipid-peptide mixture was deposited on one plate from a stock solution of organic solvent.’
    • ‘In the digester, a big stainless steel container, a solution of sodium or potassium hydroxide is poured over the carcass.’
    • ‘Currently, there is little information on how plants access molybdate from the soil solution and redistribute it within the plant.’
    • ‘Wine is not a single component substance, however, but is mainly a solution of alcohol and water.’
    • ‘This is made simply by adding baking soda to a solution of cocaine hydrochloride and heating the mixture.’
    • ‘As we add more solid to a liquid the solution becomes more concentrated.’
    • ‘Ion exchange is a reversible exchange of ions between a solid ion exchanger and a liquid solution.’
    • ‘Since soap and detergents are salts, they separate into their component ions in a solution of water.’
    • ‘Copper metal does not react with a solution of a zinc salt to produce copper ion and metallic zinc.’
    • ‘Liquid bleach used in the laundry is an alkaline solution of hypochlorite ion.’
    • ‘The sulfuric acid removes the alcohol from the air into a liquid solution.’
    • ‘Use a concentrated solution of liquid dish soap and water to remove the oil and dirt buildup.’
    • ‘It was discovered that blood could be preserved in glass containers by mixing it with a solution of sodium citrate in water, a liquid very similar to lemonade.’
    mixture, mix, blend, compound, suspension, tincture, infusion, emulsion, colloid, gel, fluid
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    1. 2.1The process or state of being dissolved in a solvent.
      • ‘Solvent-mediated interactions drive and stabilize biophysical assembly in solution.’
      • ‘This second chamber contains an osmotically matched buffer and the test peptide in solution.’
      • ‘Indeed, the B concentration in solution declined slightly from the time of the first to the second spray due to B uptake by the plants.’
      • ‘It has long been recognized that lowering K concentrations in solution strongly increase Cs uptake by plants.’
      • ‘For example, oxytocin and vasopressin have about a thousand different conformations in solution, all in dynamic equilibrium one with another.’
      • ‘Metals usually make positive ions when the compounds are dissolved in solution.’
      • ‘The patterns are realized as the polymer is mechanically peeled away in one contiguous piece in solution.’
      • ‘Note that we assumed all charged amino acid residues were exposed in solution, and did not interact with each other.’
      • ‘Recently, the recombinant protein was shown to be a dimer both in solution and in crystals.’
      • ‘Typically the host molecules are dissolved in solution or, alternatively, are confined to a membrane plane.’
      • ‘If the groundwater is heavily laden with minerals in solution, the process can happen rapidly.’
      • ‘In its dephosphorylated state BglG exists as a dimer in solution.’
      • ‘The formation of these complexes can decrease the amount of bound by metal oxides, increasing the amount of available in solution.’
      • ‘The crystals were then dissolved in solution and spin-cast on to a conductive glass substrate.’
      • ‘In solution, the cations move towards the cathode and the anions move to the anode.’
      • ‘This seminar is vital to all scientists who need to characterize polymers or biopolymers in solution.’
      • ‘Then we examined whether or not the quaternary structure of arrestin tetramer in solution is identical to that in crystal.’
      • ‘At the time, we were looking at transition metal complexes in solution.’
      • ‘Most drug molecules are, like benzene-based pharmaceuticals, flexible in solution.’
      • ‘The enzyme in solution is a monomer as pointed out by dynamic-light-scattering studies.’
  • 3archaic The action of separating or breaking down; dissolution.

    ‘the solution of British supremacy in South Africa’
    • ‘I began to be aware of a change in the temper of my thoughts, a greater boldness, a contempt of danger, a solution of the bonds of obligation.’


Late Middle English: from Old French, from Latin solutio(n-), from solvere loosen (see solve).