When I look up the definition of solute and solvent, the definition by the Oxford English Dictionary is




the ***minor*** component in a solution, dissolved in the solvent.

What does minor imply here? Does it classify them as solute and solvent as per mass/volume comparison? Or does it refer to their concentration?


By major/minor they mean whichever component has the greater/lesser presence in mass or moles.

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    $\begingroup$ Please note that the proper term for "(number of) moles" is amount (of substance). The former would be the same as referring to the mass as "number of kilograms". I've put a notice on it and I will clear the low-quality flag for the time being. I still do not think this is an answer that is to our aimed at standards. $\endgroup$ – Martin - マーチン Mar 6 at 1:04
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    $\begingroup$ This could easily have been a comment. $\endgroup$ – Mastermind817 Mar 6 at 3:30

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