• WordNet 3.6
    • n solution the successful action of solving a problem "the solution took three hours"
    • n solution a method for solving a problem "the easy solution is to look it up in the handbook"
    • n solution 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"
    • n solution the set of values that give a true statement when substituted into an equation
    • n solution a homogeneous mixture of two or more substances; frequently (but not necessarily) a liquid solution "he used a solution of peroxide and water"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In the 19th century, craftsmen who made hats were known to be excitable and irrational, as well as to tremble with palsy and mix up their words. Such behavior gave rise to the familiar expression "mad as a hatter". The disorder, called hatter's shakes, was caused by chronic mercury poisoning from the solution used to treat the felt. Attacking the central nervous system, the toxin led to behavioral symptoms.
    • Solution (Med) A crisis.
    • Solution (Med) A liquid medicine or preparation (usually aqueous) in which the solid ingredients are wholly soluble.
    • Solution Release; deliverance; discharge.
    • Solution The act of separating the parts of any body, or the condition of undergoing a separation of parts; disruption; breach. "In all bodies there is an appetite of union and evitation of solution of continuity."
    • Solution 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.
    • Solution (Chem.Phys) 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.
    • Solution The state of being dissolved or disintegrated; resolution; disintegration. "It is unquestionably an enterprise of more promise to assail the nations in their hour of faintness and solution , than at a time when magnificent and seductive systems of worship were at their height of energy and splendor."
    • Solution (Med) The termination of a disease; resolution.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Peanuts are salted in the shell by boiling them in a heavily salted solution, then allowing them to dry.
    • n solution The act of separating the parts of any body; disruption; rupture; fracture; breach: as, a solution of continuity (see below).
    • n solution 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. The nature of the phenomenon depends upon whether chemical action is or is not present Solution in the physical sense—the common and proper use of the word—is illustrated by dissolving sugar or salt in water, or silver in mercury; here, and in similar cases, when by the removal of the liquid (as by evaporation) the original solid is obtained, the process is essentially [a change of molecular state, from the solid to the liquid, and hence accompanied by the absorption of heat; this is strikingly seen in freezing-mixtures. The word is not infrequently used, however, when the phenomenon is one of chemical combination only, as when silver dissolves in nitric acid, forming a new substance, silver nitrate; this, as is generally true of chemical union, is accompanied by the evolution of heat. The two phenomena, physical and chemical, may both be present in solution at the same time, and the line between them often cannot be sharply drawn; glacial acetic acid dissolves in water and at the same time combines with it, the liberation of heat of the chemical part of the process overbalancing the absorption of heat in the physical. The solution of a gas in a liquid, as of ammonia gas in water (also called absorption), is essentially the physical process of the change of the gas to the liquid, and hence is accompanied with the evolution of heat. The term solution is also sometimes applied to the absorption of gases by solids, as when palladium absorbs or dissolves hydrogen gas, forming a true alloy with it. The solubility of any solid is constant at a given temperature, and may be accurately determined by experiment. It may be increased or diminished by the presence of other substances in solution. The solubility of any gas also is constant under the same conditions. It varies with the temperature, the pressure, the nature of the liquid, and the matters in solution in it. In a mixture of gases, each is dissolved in the same quantity as if it were present alone under the same tension as in the mixture.
    • n solution 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 solution A liquid or dissolved state or condition; unsettled state; suspense.
    • n solution 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 solution A method of solving or finally clearing up or settling something. Specifically
    • n solution The answer to a problem or puzzle of any kind, together with the proof that that answer is correct.
    • n solution Dissolution; a dissolving.
    • n solution Release; deliverance; discharge.
    • n solution In medicine, the termination of a disease, especially when accompanied by critical symptoms; the crisis of a disease.
    • n solution In civil law, payment; satisfaction of a creditor.
    • n solution 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 solution 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 .
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Solution sol-ū′shun 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
    • v.t Solution (Bacon) to dissolve
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  • Robert H. Schuller
    “Goals must never be from your ego, but problems that cry for a solution.”
  • Milton Friedman
    “The government solution to a problem is usually as bad as the problem.”
  • Dorothea Brande
    Dorothea Brande
    “The only difference between a problem and a solution is that people understand the solution.”
  • Gilbert K. Chesterton
    “It isn't that they can't see the solution. It is that they can't see the problem.”
  • Malcolm S. Forbes
    “It's so much easier to suggest solutions when you don't know too much about the problem.”
  • R. W. Johnson
    R. W. Johnson
    “Any solution to a problem changes the problem.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. solucion, OF. solucion, F. solution, fr. L. solutio, fr. solvere, solutum, to loosen, dissolve. See Solve


In literature:

It may be fancy, but I prefer a soldering solution made in this way to a solution of chloride of zinc bought as a chemical product.
"On Laboratory Arts" by Richard Threlfall
And to any one but Harry Travis the proper solution would have been plain.
"The Bishop of Cottontown" by John Trotwood Moore
Its solution will necessarily form the main subject of this book.
"A History of the United States" by Cecil Chesterton
After boiling in a solution of the dye stuff, boil a short time in chrome solution, this oxidizes the colouring matter of the Catechu.
"Vegetable Dyes" by Ethel M. Mairet
That's the solution for the Strip.
"Land of the Burnt Thigh" by Edith Eudora Kohl
That was just theoretical, a case for solution, nothing but an ordinary job.
"Out Like a Light" by Gordon Randall Garrett
If the print is too dense throughout, it can be immersed without previous washing in this solution.
"Bromide Printing and Enlarging" by John A. Tennant
The liquid shows much water; the colour indicates mineral matter in solution; the odour suggests a flavour; the white sediment is starch.
"Ontario Teachers' Manuals: Household Management" by Ministry of Education
In the chapter on Energy, I hope to show that even that is not a satisfactory solution of the definition of a Force.
"Aether and Gravitation" by William George Hooper
The pure solution was known in commerce as No.
"Commercial Geography" by Jacques W. Redway
The solution used was that of 1 part of copper to 50,000,000 parts of water.
"The Home Medical Library, Volume V (of VI)" by Various
I cannot think this so good a solution as one that requires only 14.
"A Tangled Tale" by Lewis Carroll
I have no fear that our people will not find solutions.
"Herbert Hoover" by Vernon Kellogg
It is not within the scope of this article to pass judgment upon the various proposed solutions of the difficulty, e.g.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 7, Slice 2" by Various
All prophecies pertaining thus far to the solution of the Negro Problem have failed.
"Twenty-Five Years in the Black Belt" by William James Edwards
Can you suggest anything towards its solution?
"Solaris Farm" by Milan C. Edson
But if the materialist is confounded and science rendered dumb, who else is prepared with a solution?
"The Voice of Science in Nineteenth-Century Literature" by Various
He had neither, but there were solutions he could make use of.
"Tangle Hold" by F. L. Wallace
Dip only clean swabs in the solution, discard each one after using it once, and burn it afterward.
"American Red Cross Text-Book on Home Hygiene and Care of the Sick" by Jane A. Delano
It goes into solution quite rapidly.
"Paint Technology and Tests" by Henry A. Gardner

In poetry:

They leave one vital question--
Development of man--
Without e'en crude solution,
Without a working plan.
"Needs And Powers" by Jared Barhite
That he plunged for a solution;
And, although his knife was edgeless,
He was sinking fast towards one,
When they came, and found, and saved him.
"Suicide" by William Ernest Henley
My dear Relation, and the Friend I love,
You've put to me a question I approve:
I therefore think myself in duty bound
To give it a solution safe and sound.
"That It Is In Vain To Pray For The Dead" by Rees Prichard
Thus to the question ask'd, my friend, by you,
I've given a solution just and true: May God increase your faith, and grant you grace,
Among the saints above, to shew your face!
"That It Is In Vain To Pray For The Dead" by Rees Prichard
How happy the hours when we gathered around,
To hear his solutions of problems profound;
And bright through my mem'ry what pleasure returns
When I think of his rendering of Byron and Burns.
"To The Memory of David Scott" by John Henry Kimble
Lord of this heritage of life and hope,
Dowered with what gifts the ages could achieve
By dint of toil and tears,
I, in my turn, with some new problem cope,
And gratefully the sure solution leave
For all the coming years.
"Usury" by Albert Durrant Watson

In news:

Two solutions for fixing a 20-year-old problem.
There is a simple solution - align the sales and marketing teams.
Exclusion is the solution for the bar association.
When the solution is below 7.0, the concentration of H+ is higher than OH-, and the solution is said to be acidic.
Supervisor profiles towns' storm solutions and preparedness.
CAMDEN, N.J.—Agilence, Inc, a provider of point-of-service video auditing solutions, announced on April 12 that it has purchased the assets of video analytics company Vidient Systems, Inc Vidient went out of business in 2010.
Ebook Solutions Libraries Can't Use.
But solutions are difficult to come by.
The event benefits Solutions for Animals.
24-7 INtouch and Astute Solutions Announce Strategic Partnership.
One of the tangents to the growing popularity and flexibility of cloud solutions is the opportunities tied to adjacent technology solutions, such as virtualization.
NEC Display Solutions of America announced updates to its NC900C digital-cinema projection solution for smaller screens in theatres, art houses, mobile cinemas, universities and public buildings.
Solution Partners are assigned a specific SP representative, whereas Solution Providers get the first available SP rep.
Radius Solutions Acquires Astra Business Services to Offer TCPA-Compliant Solution.
With RAM 's long list of custom solutions for virtually any application, you are sure to find the perfect solution for your mounting needs.

In science:

The processes of my work are as follows: 1) determination of formal solutions, 2) getting particular solution by Schauder’s Fixed Point Theorem in a locally convex topological space, 3) obtaining general solutions by the method of Kimura and Yanagihara.
Analytic General Solutions of Nonlinear Difference Equations
Then the solution of (Unit LP) equals the solution of (Int LP) for al l sufficiently smal l λ; in this solution, t = 0. (iii) Assume (LP) is not unbounded.
Beyond Hirsch Conjecture: walks on random polytopes and smoothed complexity of the simplex method
Indeed, if (x, 1) is a solution of (Int LP) with some parameter λ, then x is a solution of (LP1 ) and thus x is a solution of (LP).
Beyond Hirsch Conjecture: walks on random polytopes and smoothed complexity of the simplex method
However, an exact solution to this equation can never be a content of a particular brain (due to its limitation) but only fractional approximations to the solution or sequences with limit the solution.
Founding quantum theory on the basis of consciousness
A static spherically symmetric vacuum solution to the EFBD theory (with the cosmological constant Λ = 0) is the well known Buchdahl solution which is also variously referred (as demonstrated in ) to as JNW or Wyman solution .
Brans-Dicke theory: Jordan vs Einstein Frame
Making a coordinate transformation y = y (r), eq. (5.5) becomes ˙r2 = U (r), where U (r) = ξ (y (r))/(y ′(r))2 . A solution to the problem U (r) = 0 = U ′ (r) is also a solution to the original problem, provided that 1/y ′(r) does not vanish for the solution.
Dynamics and Stability of Black Rings
This linear space structure also implies that the set of solutions looks the same seen from any solution in the SAT phase: the number of solutions at distance d of any given solution x0 is independent from x0 .
Geometrical organization of solutions to random linear Boolean equations
Second, that two core solutions are necessarily separated by an extensive Hamming distance (≥ cN , with c constant), which implies that two solutions built from two distinct core solutions are not connected.
Geometrical organization of solutions to random linear Boolean equations
In cylindrical coordinates, the Lundquist solution is dependent only on r, the distance from the z axis; hence, to determine the quality of the solution, we produced scatterplots of the calculated field components at each fluxel center in the relaxed solution.
Fluxon Modeling of Low-Beta Plasmas
We first note that the T solutions have the smallest energy whereas the P3 solutions have the highest (there is a slight crossover between the P2 and P3 solutions in Figure (12) but the free energy difference is negligible).
Topology and Bistability in liquid crystal devices
The general solution for B along ST can thus be constructed explicitly as the superposition of the particular solution (Σ2 − 2) and the general solution of the homogeneous equation.
The cosmological billiard attractor
The possibility exists that there are solutions violating one or the other properties; however, such solutions are expected to form a set of measure zero in the space of all solutions.
The cosmological billiard attractor
This demonstrates that cnoidal solutions, like the soliton solutions, can also be obtained from simple solutions of linear systems, using our method.
A simple and direct method for generating travelling wave solutions for nonlinear equations
The possibility therefore exists that there are solutions with different asymptotic behavior, but such solutions are expected to form a set of measure zero in the space of all solutions.
The Nature of Generic Cosmological Singularities
By applying a standard solution-generating transformation to an arbitrary vacuum Bianchi type II solution, one generates a new solution with spikes commonly observed in numerical simulations.
New explicit spike solution -- non-local component of the generalized Mixmaster attractor