rock salt

noun

Definition of rock salt

: common salt occurring in solid form as a mineral also : salt artificially prepared in large crystals or masses

Examples of rock salt in a Sentence

I put some rock salt on the sidewalk to melt the ice.
Recent Examples on the Web Add the ingredients to the middle bucket, place ice around the sides of the container, and then add rock salt to the ice. Billy Cadden, Popular Science, "Sweet ice cream makers for your home," 22 July 2019 From simple instant ice cream trays to rock salt mixers to automatic appliances, there are plenty of affordable ice cream makers to choose from. Christie Calucchia, Southern Living, "The Best Ice Cream Makers for Homemade Frozen Treats," 5 May 2020 Many Iranians buy rice and rock salt—the only salt traditionalists will use with rice—at stores that sell nothing but these ingredients. Anissa Helou, Saveur, "Iran: The Land of Bread and Spice," 19 Mar. 2012 The brine, a mixture of rock salt and water, proved to be so effective, Milwaukee now sprays it on streets citywide when snow and ice are in the forecast, said Laura Daniels, director of operations for the public works department. Joe Taschler, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "What are those lines on the road? It's salt brine and Milwaukee has taken it citywide in an effort to keep traffic moving," 7 Feb. 2020 Everything needed to make your home as cozy as possible, like a himalayan rock salt lamp and Amazon customers’ favorite sheets from Mellanni (which have over 56,000 positive reviews!), made the list, too. Christina Butan, PEOPLE.com, "It’s Official: These Are the 45 Most-Loved Products on Amazon," 24 Jan. 2020 Our friends bring their dogs over and are worried that the rock salt would hurt their pets’ feet. Billy Cadden, Popular Science, "The best snow-clearing tools," 4 Jan. 2018 If your dog will tolerate them, booties provide added warmth and protection for their paws, which are vulnerable to rock salt, often used as a melting agent. Joshua Bote, USA TODAY, "If it's cold for you, it's cold for them: Here's how to keep dogs safe in frigid weather," 24 Dec. 2019 How road salt tames ice When a big storm is forecast, utility trucks often will head out to pre-treat streets and highways, typically spraying rock salt or saltwater solutions. Jennifer Weeks, The Conversation, "Winter is coming: 5 essential reads about snow and ice," 12 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of rock salt

1693, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of rock salt was in 1693

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30 Jun 2020

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“Rock salt.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rock%20salt. Accessed 8 Jul. 2020.

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More Definitions for rock salt

rock salt

noun

English Language Learners Definition of rock salt

: salt that is in the form of large pieces or crystals

rock salt

noun

Kids Definition of rock salt

: common salt in large crystals

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