• WordNet 3.6
    • v solve find the solution to (a problem or question) or understand the meaning of "did you solve the problem?","Work out your problems with the boss","this unpleasant situation isn't going to work itself out","did you get it?","Did you get my meaning?","He could not work the math problem"
    • v solve find the solution "solve an equation","solve for x"
    • v solve settle, as of a debt "clear a debt","solve an old debt"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In 1926, a waiter in Budapest committed suicide. He left his suicide note in the form of a crossword and the police had to get help from the public to solve it
    • n Solve A solution; an explanation.
    • v. t Solve sŏlv To explain; to resolve; to unfold; to clear up (what is obscure or difficult to be understood); to work out to a result or conclusion; as, to solve a doubt; to solve difficulties; to solve a problem. "True piety would effectually solve such scruples.""God shall solve the dark decrees of fate."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The World Rubik Cube championship was held in Budapest on June 5, 1982. Nineteen National Champions took part. Minh Thai, the US Champion, won by solving the Cube in of 22.95 seconds. The world record, in competitive conditions, grew progressively lower and now stands at 16.5 seconds.
    • solve To loosen; disentangle; unravel; hence, to explain or clear up the difficulties in; resolve; explain; make clear; remove perplexity from: as, to solve a difficulty, a puzzle, or a problem.
    • solve To determine; put an end to; settle.
    • solve To determine or work out by rule; operate on by calculation or mathematical processes, so as to bring out the required result: as, to solve a problem in mathematics.
    • solve To dissolve; melt.
    • n solve Solution.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Chances that a burglary in the US will be solved: 1 in 7.
    • v.t Solve solv to loosen or separate the parts of: to clear up or explain: to remove
    • n Solve anything that dissolves another
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  • Roger Lewin
    Roger Lewin
    “Too often when give children answers to remember rather than problems to solve.”
  • John F. Kennedy
    “Our problems are man-made, therefore they may be solved by man. No problem of human destiny is beyond human beings.”
  • Ronald Reagan
    “Government does not solve problems; it subsidizes them.”
  • Søren Kierkegaard
    Søren Kierkegaard
    “Life is not a problem to be solved, but a reality to be experienced.”
  • Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton
    “Real philosophy seeks rather to solve than to deny.”
  • Mahatma Gandhi
    “The difference between what we do and what we are capable of doing would suffice to solve most of the world's problem.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. solvere, solutum,; from a prefix so-, expressing separation (cf. Sober) + luere, to loosen; cf. OF. soldre, soudre,. See Loose, and cf. Absolve


In literature:

C, have solved the problem.
"Frank Merriwell's Bravery" by Burt L. Standish
I felt that it would be impossible to solve one without solving the other.
"The Crooked House" by Brandon Fleming
He had solved one problem.
"A Book of Discovery" by Margaret Bertha (M. B.) Synge
Recovering from his first surprise, he turns his thoughts towards solving the enigma.
"The Death Shot" by Mayne Reid
These were problems that the next few hours were destined to solve.
"Monte-Cristo's Daughter" by Edmund Flagg
But I only mention the idea to solve the difficulty you suggest.
"Down the Rhine" by Oliver Optic
Here now we offer you a chance to solve the great mystery.
"The Tyranny of the Dark" by Hamlin Garland
They put cases and solve them, and every reader forms a judgment whether the case has actuality and whether the solution is correct.
"Folkways" by William Graham Sumner
Mrs. Manning solved the maid question by sending back to Exham for Annie Peyton.
"Still Jim" by Honoré Willsie Morrow
Then my work now is to find your brother and solve the mystery?
"The Ghost Breaker" by Paul Dickey
Let experience solve it.
"America First" by Various
In truth, the enigmas of the Hayti affair can be solved only by delving in the Spanish archives.
"William Pitt and the Great War" by John Holland Rose
Aristotle held that it could be solved in a natural way without the conception of an ideal world.
"The World's Greatest Books--Volume 14--Philosophy and Economics" by Various
He had solved the question of navigating space, but the sunlight!
"Pharaoh's Broker" by Ellsworth Douglass
That, however, didn't solve the problem of how to help Mike.
"The Alembic Plot" by Ann Wilson
Then you might have stayed at Three Towers for the summer and solved the mystery.
"Billie Bradley on Lighthouse Island" by Janet D. Wheeler
To his convictions nothing will solve this problem but mental action.
"Philosophy of Osteopathy" by Andrew T. Still
What kind of a face and heart such a man can have, is a mystery I have never been able to solve!
"Autobiography of Frank G. Allen, Minister of the Gospel" by Frank G. Allen
The cause was soon apparent and the mystery that had puzzled them was solved when they reached the beast.
"The Boy Chums in the Forest" by Wilmer M. Ely
That is, if we haven't solved it ourselves.
"Eight Keys to Eden" by Mark Irvin Clifton

In poetry:

Alone we stand to solve the doubt,
Alone to work salvation out,
Casting our helpless hands about
"Unattained" by Elizabeth Oakes Smith
So ever downward float the dreams
That are for all and me,
And there is never mortal man
Can solve that mystery.
"The Dream-Ship" by Eugene Field
On that lovely Easter morning,
Mary and others came near,
The angel solved the mystery,
"He's risen, He is not here."
"The Easter Man" by Frank Barbour Coffin
"Dread of mystery solved alone,
Of the untried and unknown;
Yet the end thereof may seem
Like the falling of my dream.
"My Dream" by John Greenleaf Whittier
The acacia solves all mysteries,
Tells my fortune while I tarry.
I shall ask the tree to tell me
Whom O whom, am I to marry?
"The Old Acacia Tree" by Hayyim Nahman Bialik
Then shall the secret of the will,
That dares not enter into bliss;
That longs for love, yet lingers still,
Be solved in one long kiss.
"To My Wife" by James Clerk Maxwell

In news:

In life, one mystery gives way, revealing a new one underneath, waiting to be solved.
Political parties do little to solve country's problems.
Forex Dominator solves Forex Trading Mystery with strike rate of 84.
6 Reasons Drinking Water Helps Solve Any Problem.
Readers suggest ways to solve a spray interference problem.
Greensburg — Do you think the drought has been solved.
Duce 's Wild: Solving 10 worries about serving a mission.
Science sleuths solve the mystery of exploding manure pits.
On the radio side, we have an interesting schedule puzzle to solve this week, as three local teams all play on Thursday.
Obama's dismal record in solving our debt crisis.
Eloquent , maker of CRM-related software, believes it can solve this problem with its LaunchForce product announced this week.
Using Applied Industry Knowledge to Solve Key End User Issues.
Leave it to Apple (AAPL) to solve all of our problems and make our lives easier.
For years, Celina struggled with fishy-smelling water, before current treatments solved that problem.
New cold case investigation may solve killing of girl in 1970.

In science:

Thus, if we can solve bond percolation on our random graphs, we can also solve the SIR model.
Random graphs as models of networks
It can be solved before or after solving the other constraints.
On the structure of the space of generalized connections
Although for the Sherrington-Kirkptatick model, the Euler-Lagrange equations derived by the extended variational principle seem too hard to solve directly, for non-random models they are readily solved.
A Thinning Analogue of de Finetti's Theorem
We will solve vorticity transport equation, then new values of ζ will be used to solve equation (30).
Solution to two-dimensional Incompressible Navier-Stokes Equations with SIMPLE, SIMPLER and Vorticity-Stream Function Approaches. Driven-Lid Cavity Problem: Solution and Visualization
Once this system is found, we can solve it for a given input t 7→ ξ (t), and then, in a second step, solve the radial Komatu-Loewner equation using ξ and the moduli.
On Chordal and Bilateral SLE in multiply connected domains
Therefore we can solve a lattice model within DMFT once we are provided with a method to solve the impurity model and compute the Green’s function.
Solving Dynamical Mean-Field Theory at very low temperature using Lanczos Exact Diagonalization
Thus we can solve (Unit LP) by repeatedly solving (Unit LP+ ) with independently added constraints until no “Failure” is returned and until the solution is correct.
Beyond Hirsch Conjecture: walks on random polytopes and smoothed complexity of the simplex method
Before solving all equations, we note that the hardest part of solving Eqs. (40)-(44) is finding the distributions Sn (β ).
Entanglement entropy of the random spin-1 Heisenberg chain
It happens frequently that while we are interested in a solving a certain equation, because of the noise the computer actually ends up with solving a slightly perturbed version of it.
The condition number of a randomly perturbed matrix
Clearly, the configurations solving the above equations are the ones enumerated by Gauntlett et al. in Ref. , but we must ask ourselves whether they automatically solve the equations of motion that can be derived from an off-shell action based on Zucker’s formulation.
All-order consistency of 5d sugra vacua
Assuming that {ζ (r), B (r), R(r)} solves equation (10), write ζ (r) → ζ (r) Z (r) . and demand that {ζ (r) Z (r), B (r), R(r)} also solves equation (10).
Buchdahl-like transformations for perfect fluid spheres
Assuming that {ζ (r), B (r)} solves equation (83), write B (r) → B (r) Z (r) . and demand that {ζ (r), B (r)Z (r)} also solves equations (81) and (83).
Buchdahl-like transformations for perfect fluid spheres
Assuming that {ζ (r), R(r)} solves equation (122), write ζ (r) → ζ (r) Λ(r), and demand that {ζ (r) Λ(r), R(r)} also solves equation (122).
Buchdahl-like transformations for perfect fluid spheres
Assuming that {ζ (r), R(r)} solves equation (153), write ζ (r) → ζ (r) A(r) . and demand that {ζ (r) A(r), R(r)} also solves equation (153).
Buchdahl-like transformations for perfect fluid spheres
Even though no method is known to solve them in general, in this section we present special cases where we have been able to solve the corresponding equations.
Generating trees for permutations avoiding generalized patterns