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 Ketel One Green Mary 1 oz Ketel One Family-Made Vodka 3.5 oz freshly juiced celery and cucumber in equal parts 0.5 oz freshly squeezed lime juice 1 pinch rock salt, pepper, cinnamon, nutmeg and dried chili flakes Add all ingredients to the glass, stir well, add ice. Claudia Alarcón, Forbes, 15 Feb. 2024 Fish in clay pot with seafood sauce, lobster with chocolate, lamb-shrimp brochette, paella, sea bass in rock salt, steaks. Miami Herald Archives, Miami Herald, 8 Feb. 2024 Fire crews responded to help with the situation, and crews from the Board of Public Utilities uncovered the main water box, which was buried under water, debris, gravel and rock salt, to shut off the water to the building. Andrea Klick, Kansas City Star, 17 Jan. 2024 To use, insert your ice cream ingredients in one side, rock salt and ice in the other, and roll the ball around until the ice cream forms. Brandon Rasmussen, Idaho Statesman, 31 Jan. 2024 But many state and local governments are also looking for alternatives to rock salt. Meghan Bartels, Scientific American, 16 Jan. 2024 That spectrometer, the prototype of today's x-ray diffractometers, is still housed in the Royal Institution, as well as their model of the atomic structure of rock salt. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 26 Dec. 2023 Ingredients 4 cups ice 1/4 cup rock salt or kosher salt 1 cup half-and-half 2 Tbsp. Southern Living Test Kitchen, Southern Living, 10 Dec. 2023 Prepare rock salt: Spread rock salt evenly on 2 rimmed baking sheets. Emily Nabors Hall, Southern Living, 25 Dec. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1693, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of rock salt was in 1693

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“Rock salt.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

rock salt

: common salt in large crystals or masses

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