Definition of solute in English:

solute

Line breaks: sol¦ute
Pronunciation: /ˈsɒljuːt
 
, sɒˈljuːt
 
/

noun

  • The minor component in a solution, dissolved in the solvent.
    More example sentences
    • Solubility can be affected by such processes as hydrogen bonding between the solute and solvent.
    • The solute is placed in the solvent and the concentrated solute slowly breaks into pieces.
    • In aqueous solutions, water is the solvent and all dissolved substances are solutes.

Origin

late 19th century: from Latin solutum, neuter of solutus 'loosened', past participle of the verb solvere.

More definitions of solute

Definition of solute in:

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day kerf
Pronunciation: kəːf
noun
a slit made by cutting with a saw