ETYM Old Eng. solucion, Old Fren. solucion, French solution, from Latin solutio, from solvere, solutum, to loosen, dissolve. Related to Solve.
1. A method for solving a problem.
2. A statement that solves a problem or explains how to solve the problem; SYN. answer, result, resolution.
3. The set of values that give a true statement when substituted into an equation; SYN. root.
In algebra, the value of a variable that satisfies a given equation; see root.
In earth science, the dissolving in water of minerals within a rock. It may result in weathering (for example, when weakly acidic rainfall causes carbonation) and erosion (when flowing water passes over rocks).
Solution commonly affects limestone and chalk, and may be responsible for forming features such as sink holes.
A homogeneous mixture of two or more substances; frequently (but not necessarily) a liquid solution
Two or more substances mixed to form a single, homogenous phase. One of the substances is the solvent and the others (solutes) are said to be dissolved in it.
The constituents of a solution may be solid, liquid, or gaseous. The solvent is normally the substance that is present in greatest quantity; however, if one of the constituents is a liquid this is considered to be the solvent even if it is not the major substance.