ha·​lite | \ ˈha-ˌlīt How to pronounce halite (audio) , ˈhā- How to pronounce halite (audio) \

Definition of halite

: salt that is in the form of large pieces or crystals : rock salt In crystals of halite there are ions of two different kinds … The smaller ones are those of sodium, and the larger ones are those of chlorine.— Sheldon Judson and Marvin E. Kauffman Halite occurs chiefly in sedimentary rocks where it has been deposited by evaporation from sea water or salt lakes …— W. A. Deer et al. A small, choppy gravel road off state highway 178 takes us to the heart of this truly lunar landscape. The pinnacles surround us. Made of silty halite, they stand up to 2 ft. high. They are formed of the salt left behind from the evaporation of ground water.— Scott Oldham

Examples of halite in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Most sodium is obtained nowadays by processing the mineral halite, also known as sodium-chloride or common table salt. David Bressan, Forbes, 4 July 2021 The team of scientists led by Nigel Blamey found tiny bubbles of air from around 800 million years ago trapped in samples of halite, which is the rock version of table salt. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, 25 July 2016 Enormous machines drill into great veins of halite, extracting huge chunks that other enormous machines crush into bucketloads of salt that ascend on conveyors. Laura Mallonee, WIRED, 3 May 2016

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'halite.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of halite

1868, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More About halite

Dictionary Entries Near halite




See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for halite

Cite this Entry

“Halite.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/halite. Accessed 21 Sep. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

More from Merriam-Webster on halite

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about halite


Test Your Vocabulary

Dog Words Quiz

  • shiba puppy more or less demanding cuddles
  • Which of the following animals has a dog in its etymology?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?


Anagram puzzles meet word search.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!