salt out


salted out; salting out; salts out

transitive verb

: to precipitate, coagulate, or separate (something, such as a dissolved substance) especially from a solution by the addition of salt

intransitive verb

: to become salted out

Examples of salt out in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Compared to pure seawater, however, the energy required to get the salt out of this water would be much lower. Hannah Richter, Ars Technica, 20 May 2024 Environment:Keeping salt out of crops requires more water. Kayla Jackson, The Arizona Republic, 17 Mar. 2024 An Escondido boy who built a machine to take the salt out of ocean water and a San Diego girl who made a series of models of microscopic animals won grand prizes last night in the opening of the Greater San Diego Science Fair in the Institute of Aeronautical Science building. Merrie Monteagudo, San Diego Union-Tribune, 16 Apr. 2021 Without crops, no one could live in the valley for up to 600 years, until the minimal rainfall in this desert-like climate washed the salt out of the fields. Christopher R. Moore, The Conversation, 20 Sep. 2021 In places like San Diego and Dubai, where freshwater is scarce, humans turn to machines that pull the salt out of seawater, transforming it into clean drinking water. Jillian Mock, Discover Magazine, 1 Nov. 2019 So unless evolution kicks into gear ridiculously quickly, our best bet is simply to get better at taking the salt out of salt water, a process known as desalination. Bill Andrews, Discover Magazine, 3 May 2018 The building's dome shape allows the loading truck to easily pour salt in to restock or scoop salt out for distribution. Nour Rahal, Detroit Free Press, 15 Dec. 2022 The low levels are also allowing salt water from the Gulf of Mexico to creep up the Mississippi, and the Army Corps is now building a 1,500-foot-wide underwater levee to keep salt out of drinking water in Louisiana. Brandon Miller, CNN, 22 Oct. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1857, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

Time Traveler
The first known use of salt out was in 1857

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Cite this Entry

“Salt out.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Jul. 2024.

Medical Definition

salt out

transitive verb
: to precipitate, coagulate, or separate (as a dissolved substance or lyophilic sol) especially from a solution by the addition of salt

intransitive verb

: to become salted out
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