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 for solution
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  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;
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              In all bodies there is an appetite of union and
              evitation of solution of continuity.  --Bacon.
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     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.
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     3. The state of being dissolved or disintegrated; resolution;
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              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.
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     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.
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     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.: (a) 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. (b) 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.
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     Note: This word is not used in chemistry or mineralogy for
           fusion, or the melting of bodies by the heat of fire.
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     5. Release; deliverance; discharge. [Obs.] --Barrow.
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     6. (Med.)
        (a) The termination of a disease; resolution.
        (b) A crisis.
        (c) A liquid medicine or preparation (usually aqueous) in
            which the solid ingredients are wholly soluble. --U.
            S. Disp.
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     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." --Bacon.
     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 107.7 mgr.
        of silver in each cubic centimeter.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: 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: solution, 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: solution, root]
      5: the successful action of solving a problem; "the solution
         took three hours"

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  125 Moby Thesaurus words for "solution":
     action, ad hoc measure, adaptation, allegorization, answer,
     arrangement, artifice, blend, chemical solution, clarification,
     colliquation, compound, conclusion, contrivance, countermove, coup,
     course of action, cracking, decipherment, decoagulation, decoction,
     decoding, deliquescence, deliquium, demarche, demonstration,
     demythologization, denouement, device, discovery, dissolution,
     dissolving, dodge, editing, effort, elucidation, emendation,
     emulsion, enlightenment, euhemerism, exegesis, exemplification,
     expedient, explanation, explication, exposition, expounding,
     finding out, fluid, fluidification, fluidization, fusing, fusion,
     gimmick, harmonization, illumination, illustration, improvisation,
     infusion, instrumentation, intonation, jury-rig,
     jury-rigged expedient, key, last expedient, last resort,
     last shift, leach, leachate, leaching, light, liquefaction,
     liquescence, liquescency, liquid, lixiviation, lixivium, makeshift,
     maneuver, means, measure, melting, mixing, mixture, modulation,
     move, orchestration, outcome, percolation, phrasing, pis aller,
     preparation, rationale, reason, resolution, resort, resource,
     result, revelation, running, setting, settlement, settling,
     shake-up, shift, simplification, solubilization, solving, step,
     stopgap, stratagem, stroke, stroke of policy, suspension, tactic,
     temporary expedient, thawing, tone painting, transcription, trick,
     trump, unclotting, unlocking, working hypothesis,
     working proposition

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (30 December 2018) :

      A marketroid term for something he wants
     to sell you without bothering you with distinctions between
     hardware, software, services, applications, file
     formats, companies, brand names and operating systems.
     "{Flash is a perfect image-streaming solution."  "What is
     it?"  "Um...  about a thousand dollars."
     See also: technology.

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  SOLUTION, civil law. Payment. 
       2. By this term, is understood, every species of discharge or 
  liberation, which is called satisfaction, and with which the creditor is 
  satisfied. Dig. 46, 3, 54; Code 8, 43, 17; Inst. 3, 30. This term has rather 
  a reference to the substance of the obligation, than to the numeration or 
  counting of the money. Dig. 50, 16, 176. Vide Discharge of a contract. 

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