old salt

noun

Definition of old salt

informal
:someone who has sailed for many years
  • An old salt told me tales about life in the navy.

Word by Word Definitions

old play
  1. : dating from the remote past : ancient

  2. : persisting from an earlier time

  3. : of long standing

  1. : one of a specified age

  2. : old or earlier time

salt play
  1. : 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 salt

  2. : a substance (such as Glauber's salt) resembling common salt

  3. : a mineral or saline mixture (such as Epsom salts) used as an aperient or cathartic

  1. : to treat, provide, or season with common salt

  2. : to preserve (food) with salt or in brine

  3. : to supply (an animal) with salt

  1. : saline, salty

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

  3. : cured or seasoned with salt : salted

  1. : lustful, lascivious


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