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noun \ˈsȯlt\

Simple Definition of salt

  • : a natural white substance that is used especially to flavor or preserve food

  • : a chemical compound formed when part of an acid is replaced by a metal or something like a metal

Full Definition of salt

  1. 1a :  a crystalline compound NaCl that consists of sodium chloride, is abundant in nature, and is used especially to season or preserve food or in industry —called also common saltb :  a substance (as Glauber's salt) resembling common saltc plural (1) :  a mineral or saline mixture (as Epsom salts) used as an aperient or cathartic (2) :  smelling saltsd :  any of various compounds that result from replacement of part or all of the acid hydrogen of an acid by a metal or a group acting like a metal :  an ionic crystalline compound

  2. 2 :  a container for salt at table —often used in the phrases above the salt and below the salt alluding to the former custom of seating persons of higher rank above and those of lower rank below a saltcellar placed in the middle of a long table

  3. 3a :  an ingredient that gives savor, piquancy, or zest :  flavor <a people…full of life, vigor, and the salt of personality — Clifton Fadiman>b :  sharpness of wit :  pungencyc :  common sensed :  reserve, skepticism —usually used in the phrases with a grain of salt and with a pinch of salte :  a dependable steadfast person or group of people —usually used in the phrase salt of the earth

  4. 4 :  sailor <a tale worthy of an old salt>

  5. 5 :  keep 3 —usually used in the phrase worth one's salt

salt·like play \-ˌlīk\ adjective

Examples of salt

  1. The soup needs a little more salt.

  2. Season the meat with salt and pepper.

Origin of salt

Middle English, from Old English sealt; akin to Old High German salz salt, Lithuanian saldus sweet, Latin sal salt, Greek hals salt, sea

First Known Use: before 12th century

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Rhymes with salt



transitive verb

Simple Definition of salt

  • : to flavor or preserve (food) with salt

  • : to put salt on (a surface) especially in order to melt ice

Full Definition of salt

  1. 1a :  to treat, provide, or season with common saltb :  to preserve (food) with salt or in brinec :  to supply (as an animal) with salt

  2. 2 :  to give flavor or piquancy to (as a story)

  3. 3a :  to enrich (as a mine) artificially by secretly placing valuable mineral in some of the working placesb :  to add something to secretly <salted the files with forged papers>; also :  to insert or place secretly <salted the mines along the road>

  4. 4a :  to sprinkle with or as if with a saltb :  scatter, intersperse

salt·er play \ˈsȯl-tər\ noun

Examples of salt

  1. The meat was preserved by being salted and smoked.

  2. The city salted the roads after the snowstorm.

Before 12th Century

First Known Use of salt

before 12th century




Definition of salt

  1. 1a :  saline, saltyb :  being or inducing the one of the four basic taste sensations that is suggestive of seawater — compare bitter, sour, sweet

  2. 2 :  cured or seasoned with salt :  salted <salt cod>

  3. 3 :  overflowed with salt water <a salt pond>

  4. 4 :  sharp, pungent

salt·ness noun

Before 12th Century

First Known Use of salt

before 12th century




Definition of salt


  1. :  lustful, lascivious

Origin of salt

by shortening & alteration from assaut, from Middle English, from Anglo-French en saut in rut

First Known Use: 1598



Definition of SALT

  1. Strategic Arms Limitation Talks


geographical name \ˈsȯlt\

Definition of Salt

  1. 1 river 200 miles (322 kilometers) Arizona flowing W into the Gila

  2. 2 river 100 miles (161 kilometers) N cen Kentucky flowing into Ohio River

  3. 3 river 200 miles (322 kilometers) NE Missouri flowing SE into Mississippi River

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