n.1 the act or a means of solving a problem or difficulty.
2 a the conversion of a solid or gas into a liquid by mixture with a liquid solvent. b the state resulting from this (held in solution).
3 the act of dissolving or the state of being dissolved.
4 the act of separating or breaking.
5 rubber solution (see RUBBER(1)).
Phrases and idioms:
solution set Math. the set of all the solutions of an equation or condition.
Etymology: ME f. OF f. L solutio -onis (as SOLVE)