A salt or element which is dissolved by a solvent to form a chemical solution.

So*lute" (?), a. [L. solutus, p.p. of solvere to loosen. See Solve.]

1.

Loose; free; liberal; as, a solute interpretation.

[Obs.]

Bacon.

2.

Relaxed; hence; merry; cheerful.

[R.]

A brow solute, and ever-laughing eye. Young.

3.

Soluble; as, a solute salt.

[Obs.]

4. Bot.

Not adhering; loose; -- opposed to adnate; as, a solute stipule.

 

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So*lute", v. t.

1.

To dissolve; to resolve.

[Obs.]

2.

To absolve; as, to solute sin.

[Obs.]

Bale.

 

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