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a compromise solution/agreement
▪ The president was under increasing pressure to reach a compromise solution with his political opponents.
a peaceful solution/resolution/settlement
▪ The authorities want a peaceful solution to the hostage crisis.
a political solution
▪ They are eager for a political solution after years of war.
a realistic solution
▪ Compromise is the only realistic solution.
a solution to a dilemma (=a way to solve it)
▪ One possible solution to the dilemma may be to divide the money equally betweeen the brothers.
a viable solution
▪ Perhaps the only viable solution is to merge the hospitals.
an effective solution
▪ The most effective solution to traffic congestion is to build more roads.
creative solution
▪ a creative solution to the problem
devise a solution
▪ Representatives met to discuss the crisis and devise solutions.
long-term plan/strategy/solution
wetting solution
▪ Yet the world we live in cries out for more critical and creative solutions to many, pressing problems.
▪ One creative solution: workers were issued coveralls without pockets.
▪ Look for the more creative solution - the tried and true don't always bring the best results.
▪ Subsequently the highly rated manager develops creative solutions and provides new insights into problems.
▪ Or an end to racial oppression? Creative solutions to our ecological problems?
▪ What matters is that the creative solution has a credible and realistic basis.
▪ There is no easy solution to the education versus training argument in nursing.
▪ Fortunately, there is an easy solution to the problem.
▪ Instinctively, it seemed that there must be an easy solution to a prob-lem made of mud.
▪ It is easy enough to point out what is wrong with Hong Kong environmentally but far from easy to find solutions.
▪ It offers no easy or cheap solution.
▪ There was no easy solution to these problems but a number of alternatives could be considered.
▪ The final cacheing solution is hardware based, and relies on cacheing controllers.
▪ But unchecked, she seeks total victory and final solutions.
▪ Clearly, the difference between the original proposals put forward in the White Paper and the final solution in 1977 is enormous.
▪ My final solution to the problem was a bit risky, but not as risky as the alternatives - or so I thought!
▪ Logic and precision are put aside and the final solution is more important than the steps which lead to it.
▪ This is the nature of sciences and pseudo-sciences, always striving for a set of rules and final solutions.
▪ The final solution to the problem of the restraint of beasts.
▪ We in Lothian have had problems with barrier design, and the best solution I know of is the design enclosed.
▪ But for many people, the best solution may be a combination of tax software and professional help.
▪ The best solution would seem to be the creation of start-up workshops for small businesses.
▪ The best solution: Shift the focus on to a different actor.
▪ The best solution may be to leave them with the society.
▪ There is only one good solution to capital flight: shaky governments must restore confidence by adopting sensible policies.
▪ A better solution may well be to pick up the idea of rotating the audit partner every five to 10 years.
▪ The best solution is to siphon off the discolored water and store it in the dark for a couple of weeks.
▪ Delegates were generally agreed that the ideal solution was to remove migrants' reasons for wanting to leave.
▪ The Generalísimo, however, was not convinced that this was the ideal solution.
▪ In those days married women didn't work, so for her it was the ideal solution.
▪ No ideal solution to this problem has been found.
▪ While the ideal solution is a fast 486 computer there are a lot of 386 machines still performing sterling service.
▪ This split barrier is an ideal solution for keeping out undesirables such as motorbikes while giving room for wheelchairs to pass through easily.
▪ The ideal solution would be to use such people as software testers but the world isn't that well organised!
▪ Though Hunt was grateful, this was hardly an ideal solution.
▪ Even as this problem forms itself in my head it is superseded by its very simple and obvious solution.
▪ Even though the problem is obvious, the solutions are not.
▪ A single system for all seemed an obvious solution to such problems.
▪ The obvious solution to this word-wilting dilemma is to relax.
▪ Retirement at 63 is the obvious compromise solution.
▪ There is one obvious solution to slow play that seems to be overlooked: Distance tee-times to ease course overcrowding.
▪ The obvious solution - to move into more capital-intensive highly skilled work - is being energetically pursued.
▪ But don't opt for the obvious solution: cutting the stuff into stunted threads is practised only by the infantile.
▪ The only truly satisfactory solution would be to pull the place down and start again.
▪ I know this sounds terrible but sometimes it's the only solution I can see.
▪ But flooring need not cost the earth; nor is carpeting the only solution.
▪ The current slipway is beyond economic repair and a new structure is the only solution.
▪ A change of lender is the only solution.
▪ The only solution lies north of the Border - with you.
▪ The only solution I can see is in future to save any pattern of this sort as a variety of widths.
▪ I was convinced, and did not afterwards look back, that the only solution would be a bold one.
▪ This seems to be the optimal solution for the male.
▪ This gives Table 10.1, so the optimal solution is still but the optimal value is.
▪ The optimal solution does not change but the optimal tableau has one less column.
▪ The reader can verify that this optimal solution is.
▪ When the equality is exactly satisfied, either inequality can be used but the optimal solution will not change.
▪ In this chapter, we will study the effect of changes in the data on the optimal solution.
▪ Thus March and Simon accept that bureaucrats will not necessarily seek the optimal solution, but that which satisfies.
▪ Thus, we will eventually achieve an optimal feasible solution.
▪ But people like Shakiri do not believe there can be a peaceful solution to the crisis.
▪ There are peaceful solutions to accommodating both smokers and nonsmokers.
▪ A peaceful solution is far from assured, however.
▪ That is not going to help to bring about a just and peaceful solution to the problem.
▪ Without a regional focus, inclusive of all ethnic groups, there is little chance for a peaceful solution.
▪ It seemed to be the perfect solution - contraception without constraining the fountain of male pleasure.
▪ Even if a perfect solution is not found, the child goes from being passive to planning a strategy and eventually acting.
▪ Sensitive skins need the gentle touch - Moistura fragrance Free products from Cyclax provide the perfect solution.
▪ There are no perfect solutions in a world where most parents work and most kids get sick.
▪ Alternet is the perfect solution for 10BaseT users who want the flexibility that thin coax provides.
▪ They did a lot of research, and found what they felt were perfect housing solutions.
▪ A mix of black and gold separates is a perfect solution.
▪ No doubt the perfect solution is to fly down in your own plane.
▪ Voice over It's got to be a political solution.
▪ Chun had put his sword back into the scabbard and turned to a political solution.
▪ But the political solutions which he advocated in the 1930s were not so.
▪ Social pathologies abound, yet people are peacefully pursuing political solutions to the myriad problems.
▪ It was not the first time that sensible political solutions had been rejected.
▪ Any political solution presupposes that the fate of prisoners must be settled.
▪ The prime minister, Chandra Shekhar, has said repeatedly that he wants a political solution.
▪ It is usually the responsibility of the engineer to approve the alternative offered by the contractor or to suggest a possible solution.
▪ The foundation organized thousands of town meetings around the country to pulse people on public policy issues and possible solutions.
▪ Recent advances in methodology offer several possible solutions to this problem.
▪ If a system does not work for some speakers, there are several possible solutions.
▪ And high levels of debt offered one possible solution to problems of how to discipline managers.
▪ Free television time is one possible solution.
▪ One possible solution is for the last step in the procedure to be the subject of a strict time limit.
▪ The survey said one possible solution to the problem might be the use of city pension funds to create a loan program.
▪ Provided the room is big enough, room divider doors are a practical solution and can be an attractive feature.
▪ Sometimes this shared understanding may lead to more practical solutions.
▪ Odeneal was swayed by the eloquence and truth of Joseph's argument, and submitted a practical solution.
▪ They do not offer practical solutions.
▪ Mr Holt is keen to find a practical solution to better protect the environment.
▪ These two sides would slug it out, and a practical solution would emerge somewhere between the two positions.
▪ In itself this elusiveness is testimony to just how enormously difficult it is to find practical solutions to Britain's economic problems.
▪ The search continues for a practical solution.
▪ Elaborate solution, depending on smoothness: This keeps the same set R as the simple solution.
▪ There is no single, simple solution.
▪ Problem solving: This is almost exactly as in the simple solution.
▪ There is a simple solution that would correct these inequities and still protect homeowners from excessive taxation.
▪ This is often a far simpler and cheaper solution.
▪ I will really hate to be told of some simple, logical solution which I might have spotted.
▪ Even as this problem forms itself in my head it is superseded by its very simple and obvious solution.
▪ They never have a simple solution.
▪ Argument means resolving differences by discussion; this can encourage integration of a number of viewpoints into a better solution.
▪ A better solution is for automakers to develop air bags that inflate more slowly, lessening the risk of injury.
▪ Renting may not be better solution than home purchase.
▪ This is an area where private decision-making is a much better solution.
▪ A better solution may well be to pick up the idea of rotating the audit partner every five to 10 years.
▪ A better solution is adding a second disk drive, or replacing your original.
▪ A better solution perhaps is to leave the pad out of the filter altogether only using it when necessary.
▪ Some scientists believe stem cell research may provide a better solution.
▪ However, the parties involved were prepared to have their heads hit together to arrive at a solution.
▪ In this way, she arrived at her solution.
▪ In such a case, some form of conflict resolution must be adopted to arrive at a solution.
▪ Now, she thought, now we shall get things done, sort things out, arrive at a solution.
▪ If they're really upset, acknowledge this and try to find a solution.
▪ He had discussed this throughout his first year but had found no solution.
▪ Given the correct support and information, they could themselves find solutions to many problems.
▪ They established a committee to meet with DeGrazia to try to find solutions both sides could support.
▪ Too fussy. Find another solution, wrote Harsnet.
▪ Diplomatically, he placed the burden of responsibility on the state officials, calling upon them to find solutions.
▪ The Occupational Therapist is there to try and help you find a solution to your problem.
▪ His knowledge of mathematics proved inadequate to find a solution.
▪ The knowledge obtained from solutions that are put into the eye for other purposes is considerably valuable.
▪ Whatever happens, either we obtain an efficient solution or we can deduce that there are no efficient solutions.
▪ We have thus obtained our solution, in this case, in one step.
▪ He agreed to go to Rome himself to try to obtain an acceptable solution.
▪ The scheme yields only a theoretical solution, from which the number of patterns can be obtained.
▪ Their curvatures can only be obtained rigorously from the solution of Einstein's equation.
▪ However, they may be combined with some other method to obtain such solutions.
▪ Consequently there have been fewer serious efforts towards obtaining effective solutions.
▪ The fax modem offers an affordable solution to many of the conventional fax machine's shortcomings.
▪ More than half the builders offered other solutions to the fee problem.
▪ But it hardly offers a long-term solution to the problem of resource depletion.
▪ The speech addressed problems often discussed by President Clinton, but offered some starkly different solutions.
▪ Those planning to enter public relations in the future will not be able to offer superficial solutions or thinking to any client.
▪ A balanced budget amendment is often offered as a solution.
▪ But London offered a solution not available elsewhere and particularly appealing to a young man of his temperament.
▪ In a leaderless group, a manager might step in to end the conflict and even offer a solution.
▪ Some of our economists are proposing the same solutions.
▪ There is a lot of agreement for many of the issues, though a lot of differences in proposed solutions.
▪ Meanwhile, worried scientists have moved beyond offering proof of the ill effects of human activity to proposing solutions.
▪ Despite a briefcase thick with proposed solutions, no plan has been implemented.
▪ So far, feminists have mainly proposed numerical solutions to these imbalances, treating the categories as equivalent and autonomous.
▪ Most proposed solutions to the funds' problems involve limiting the benefits of current recipients in some way.
▪ Falsifiable hypotheses are proposed by scientists as solutions to the problem.
▪ In both cases, senior management looked on the proposed solution as unworkable at best, and, at worst, subversive.
▪ The benefits established does the book provide the blueprint solution?
▪ Odds are, neither this book nor any other source of information will provide a solution to your work problem.
▪ This provides a weak solution but takes the patient through to the next potency level in only 7-8 days.
▪ A: Strengthening the courts and providing a solution for former soldiers, both from the Sandinista Army and the counterinsurgency.
▪ Open learning provides a flexible solution to many of those problems.
▪ But rather than providing a solution, their results just added more fuel to the fire.
▪ The Automobile Association has now provided one solution.
▪ It is by no means easy to resolve such issues, and we can provide no firm solutions here.
▪ The first step is to recognise the diversity and complexity of public organisations which require different managerial solutions.
▪ Increasingly, federal officials were defining the problems of urban areas as local problems requiring local solutions.
▪ It is important, however, to recognise that this is a global problem which requires a global solution.
▪ But the disabilities act, they said, sometimes requires unnecessarily expensive solutions.
▪ Only Daeria was recognised as requiring the lobon-gur solution or intra-venous fluid therapy.
▪ Problems that require solutions are fast-moving and complex, and growing more so every day.
▪ Each junction requires its own solution or compromise and seldom, it was argued, is today's solution the best one.
▪ Our tendency to create heroes rarely jibes with the reality that most nontrivial problems require collective solutions.
▪ Encourage the subordinate gently to seek solutions and propose action.
▪ Let's seek solutions and not encourage conflict.
▪ Companies should cooperate with couples in seeking solutions, Levinson advises.
▪ Perhaps the time has come when we should humbly admit our limitations and seek solutions in co-operation with the Master Plan.
▪ Afterward, the two sides may create a bipartisan panel to seek a longer term solution.
▪ Thus March and Simon accept that bureaucrats will not necessarily seek the optimal solution, but that which satisfies.
▪ If you start removing paper and the plaster finish comes off, you may want to seek another solution.
▪ It is usually the responsibility of the engineer to approve the alternative offered by the contractor or to suggest a possible solution.
▪ Answerable only to the president, they will suggest solutions to the ministries concerned and ensure they get results.
▪ The warring factions are suggesting drastically different solutions to the crisis.
▪ It is suggested that the best solution is to combine both methods.
▪ Betsy suggested that the best solution to the problem would be for her to take over command of Clytus and continue trading.
▪ Moreover we are not qualified to suggest any solutions to this problem - that must be a job for educationists.
arrive at a decision/solution/compromise etc
▪ He arrived at a decision, threw the cigarette away, and turned towards a small depressing row of agricultural cottages.
▪ He finally arrived at a compromise with her, which was that he could have three independent, non-civil servant, advisers.
▪ However, the parties involved were prepared to have their heads hit together to arrive at a solution.
▪ In such a case, some form of conflict resolution must be adopted to arrive at a solution.
▪ My colleagues and I, after much consideration have arrived at a decision.
▪ Now, she thought, now we shall get things done, sort things out, arrive at a solution.
▪ They spent time arriving at a decision on the correct software.
▪ Using committees internally to overcome restrictions on information and thereby arrive at a decision.
▪ A dentist could put in a temporary filling, but that's not the perfect solution.
▪ It was a difficult equation, but it took her only five minutes to work out the solution.
▪ Make a salt solution by dissolving 9 tablespoonfuls of cooking salt in a pint of water.
▪ Making the parts smaller is the cheapest solution, but is it the best one?
▪ One possible solution might be to borrow the money.
▪ Sleeping tablets are not the best solution to insomnia as they upset the natural rhythm of sleep.
▪ The solution to this week's puzzle will be published in next week's magazine.
▪ We are now going to measure the boiling points of the different solutions.
▪ We can help you find a solution to all your financial problems.
▪ But the movie tells the wrong story, getting detoured into a murder investigation whose solution is far too obvious.
▪ One solution to this problem is for two or more classes to collaborate on a project.
▪ The solution is then completed in the usual way.
▪ The solution to both problems was already on the table three years ago.
▪ The colour change can be obscured by dirt in the solution.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Solution \So*lu"tion\ (s[-o]*l[=u]"sh[u^]n), n. [OE. solucion, OF. solucion, F. solution, fr. L. solutio, fr. solvere, solutum, to loosen, dissolve. See Solve.]

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.
    --I. Taylor.

  4. (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. Note: When a solvent will not take in any more of a substance the solution is said to be saturated. Solution is of two kinds; viz.:

    1. Mechanical solution, in which no marked chemical change takes place, and in which, in the case of solids, the dissolved body can be regained by evaporation, as in the solution of salt or sugar in water.

    2. Chemical solution, in which there is involved a decided chemical change, as when limestone or zinc undergoes solution in hydrochloric acid. Mechanical solution is regarded as a form of molecular or atomic attraction, and is probably occasioned by the formation of certain very weak and unstable compounds which are easily dissociated and pass into new and similar compounds.

      Note: This word is not used in chemistry or mineralogy for fusion, or the melting of bodies by the heat of fire.

  5. Release; deliverance; discharge. [Obs.]

  6. (Med.)

    1. The termination of a disease; resolution.

    2. A crisis.

    3. A liquid medicine or preparation (usually aqueous) in which the solid ingredients are wholly soluble.
      --U. S. Disp.

      Fehling's solution (Chem.), a standardized solution of cupric hydrate in sodium potassium tartrate, used as a means of determining the reducing power of certain sugars and sirups by the amount of red cuprous oxide thrown down.

      Heavy solution (Min.), a liquid of high density, as a solution of mercuric iodide in potassium iodide (called the Sonstadt solution or Thoulet solution) having a maximum specific gravity of 3.2, or of borotungstate of cadium ( Klein solution, specific gravity 3.6), and the like. Such solutions are much used in determining the specific gravities of minerals, and in separating them when mechanically mixed as in a pulverized rock.

      Nessler's solution. See Nesslerize.

      Solution of continuity, the separation of connection, or of connected substances or parts; -- applied, in surgery, to a fracture, laceration, or the like. ``As in the natural body a wound, or solution of continuity, is worse than a corrupt humor, so in the spiritual.''

      Standardized solution (Chem.), a solution which is used as a reagent, and is of a known and standard strength; specifically, a normal solution, containing in each cubic centimeter as many milligrams of the element in question as the number representing its atomic weight; thus, a normal solution of silver nitrate would contain 10

  7. 7 mgr. of silver in each cubic centimeter.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

late 14c., "a solving or being solved," from Old French solucion "division, dissolving; explanation; payment" or directly from Latin solutionem (nominative solutio) "a loosening or unfastening," noun of action from past participle stem of solvere "to loosen, untie, solve, dissolve" (see solve). Meaning "liquid containing a dissolved substance" is first recorded 1590s.


n. 1 A homogeneous mixture, which may be liquid, gas or solid, formed by dissolving one or more substances. 2 An act, plan or other means, used or proposed, to solve a problem. 3 The answer to a problem.

  1. n. a homogeneous mixture of two or more substances; frequently (but not necessarily) a liquid solution; "he used a solution of peroxide and water"

  2. 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" [syn: answer, result, resolution, solvent]

  3. a method for solving a problem; "the easy solution is to look it up in the handbook"

  4. the set of values that give a true statement when substituted into an equation [syn: root]

  5. the successful action of solving a problem; "the solution took three hours"


In chemistry, a solution is a homogeneous mixture composed of two or more substances. In such a mixture, a solute is a substance dissolved in another substance, known as a solvent. The solution more or less takes on the characteristics of the solvent including its phase, and the solvent is commonly the major fraction of the mixture. The concentration of a solute in a solution is a measure of how much of that solute is dissolved in the solvent, with regard to how much solvent is present like salt.

Solution (disambiguation)

A solution is a mixture where one substance is dissolved in another.

Solution may also refer to:

  • A way to solve a problem.
    • Solution (equation), in mathematics
  • Solution (band), a Dutch rock band
    • Solution (Solution album), 1971
  • Solution A.D., an American rock band
  • V-STOL Solution, an ultralight aircraft
  • Solution (Cui Jian album), 1991
  • Solution (film), a 1978 Iranian short film
Solution (band)

Solution were a Dutch progressive rock band that existed from 1970 to 1983, during which time they released six studio albums and one live album. They incorporated jazz, rock, pop and soul influences, becoming more commercial on their fifth and sixth albums.

Solution (Solution album)

Solution is the first album by the Dutch symphonic rock group Solution. It was released in 1971 on the Decca label.

Solution (Cui Jian album)

Jiejue (解决 solution), also featuring the English name Solution on the CD cover, is a 1991 Mandarin rock album by Cui Jian. It was his second commercially available album after Rock 'N' Roll On The New Long March, and he was able to have it released in China after adapting some of the lyrics.

Solution (dinghy)

The Solution is a single handed hiking dinghy designed for helms in the 65 to 85 kg (10 to 14 Stone) weight range. It has a light epoxy hull, self draining cockpit, high aspect rig, semi battened 8.5 sq. metre sail, and full complement of dual controls.

Usage examples of "solution".

As the particles which the creatures devour are rather small, the tendency is to accumulate the finer portions of the soil near the surface of the earth, where by solution they may contribute to the needs of the lowly plants.

She described the impedimenta that were put out on a side table before the operationa full bottle of hyoscine solution, an ampoule of anti-gas serum, syringes, a bowl of distilled water.

Your solution will be this: suspend the negotiations until your technician phones in, and then inquire of the Anarch as to whom he wishes to be sold.

Antimonious is converted into antimonic chloride by treatment with permanganate of potash in an acid solution.

The doctor grumpily surveyed the gold antrum plug, then dipped its head in the solution again, and repeated his operation of shaking off the drops and letting the film of acid work.

Where the small points of engorged vessels are to be readily reached, use a solution of the Tincture of Chloride of Iron, one part in four of water, applying with a small pledget of soft cotton wrapped about, or fastened to, the end of a pencil or stick.

The most obvious solution to the entire mess was to recall the antivirus Teeleh had given Tom in his dreams.

It presented, as the astute reader will have already perceived, few difficulties in its solution, for a very limited choice of alternatives must get to the root of the matter.

The solution popped out of my memory just as the autostrada junction hove into sight.

It should be prepared when wanted by precipitating a solution of baric chloride with ammonic carbonate and washing.

There is then added a few drops of a dilute solution of baric chloride, and the solution is allowed to stand for some hours.

In such solutions sulphuric acid produces a white precipitate of baric sulphate, which is practically insoluble in all acids.

The solution contains the barium as baric chloride mixed, perhaps, with salts of strontium or lime.

To one series 3 drops of baric chloride solution were added, and to the other 3 drops of sulphuric acid.

In solutions containing free hydrochloric or nitric acid, a precipitate is obtained with either baric chloride or sulphuric acid.