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.

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As a result, City Council members passed a resolution at their May 7 meeting that authorizes the purchase of only 1,000 tons of rock salt instead of the usual order of 3,500 tons. Beth Mlady, cleveland.com, "Berea will try 'new salt system' on winter roads," 11 May 2018 Cover a rimmed baking sheet with rock salt and nestle the oyster half shells in the salt to steady them. Barbara Mahany, chicagotribune.com, "Retro cookbooks offer comforts from another era for these uncertain times," 29 June 2018 Most road salts are either sodium chloride (rock salt) or sometimes a concentrated solution of calcium chloride in colder weather. Bob Weber, chicagotribune.com, "Readers urge for clarification on salt water in car washes," 25 Mar. 2018 Beyond both the layered and rock salt batteries, researchers are looking beyond to solid-state batteries. Ellen Airhart, WIRED, "Alternatives to Cobalt, the Blood Diamond of Batteries," 7 June 2018 The company’s name is inspired by the way ice cream was made in the old days: churned by hand with rock salt, then packed in insulating layers of straw. Pam Kragen, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Salt & Straw ice cream mixes in community flavor," 13 May 2018 Officers located pieces of rock salt on the ledge outside the window. Andy Attina / Cleveland.com, cleveland.com, "Man threatened after telling woman she was pictured on his shirt: Richmond Heights Police Blotter," 31 Jan. 2018 The gunk coming off our cars, the weed-and-feed from our lawns, the pet waste and rock salt and everything else that washes into waterways has become the far bigger issue, and the sources are harder to track down. Bill Laitner, Detroit Free Press, "Tiny bugs help volunteers track water quality in region," 20 Jan. 2018 My version of the Winter Games involves the following: -- Trying to get a 25-pound bag of rock salt from the grocery store to my car in the icy parking lot without doing an accidental triple axel and breaking my caboose. Laura Demarco, cleveland.com, "'Double Lover': Twisty erotic thriller opens on Valentine's Day (review)," 14 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of rock salt

1693, in the meaning defined above

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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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