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salt

noun \ ˈsȯlt \

Definition of salt

1 a : 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
b : a substance (such as Glauber's salt) resembling common salt
c salts plural
(1) : a mineral or saline mixture (such as Epsom salts) used as an aperient or cathartic
d : any of various compounds that result from replacement of part or all of the acid hydrogen of an acid by a metal or a group acting like a metal : an ionic crystalline compound
2 : a container for salt at table often used in the phrases above the salt and below the salt alluding to the former custom of seating persons of higher rank above and those of lower rank below a saltcellar placed in the middle of a long table
3 a : an ingredient that gives savor, piquancy, or zest : flavor
  • a people … full of life, vigor, and the salt of personality
  • —Clifton Fadiman
b : sharpness of wit : pungency
d : reserve, skepticism usually used in the phrases with a grain of salt and with a pinch of salt
e : a dependable steadfast person or group of people usually used in the phrase salt of the earth
4 : sailor
  • a tale worthy of an old salt
5 : keep 1 usually used in the phrase worth one's salt

saltlike

play \ˈsȯlt-ˌlīk\ adjective

Examples of salt in a Sentence

  1. The soup needs a little more salt.

  2. Season the meat with salt and pepper.

Origin and Etymology of salt

Middle English, from Old English sealt; akin to Old High German salz salt, Lithuanian saldus sweet, Latin sal salt, Greek hals salt, sea

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salt

verb

Definition of salt

transitive verb
1 a : to treat, provide, or season with common salt
  • salt the food
  • salt a driveway
b : to preserve (food) with salt or in brine
  • a supply of salted beef/fish
c : to supply (an animal) with salt
  • the field where cattle are salted
2 : to give flavor or piquancy to (something, such as a story)
3 a : to enrich (a mine) artificially by secretly placing valuable mineral in some of the working places
b : to add something to secretly
  • salted the files with forged papers
; also : to insert or place secretly
  • salted the mines along the road
4 a : to sprinkle with or as if with a salt

salter

play \ˈsȯl-tər\ noun

Examples of salt in a Sentence

  1. The meat was preserved by being salted and smoked.

  2. The city salted the roads after the snowstorm.

First Known Use of salt

before 12th century


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salt

adjective

Definition of salt

1 a : saline, salty
b : being or inducing the one of the four basic taste sensations that is suggestive of seawater — compare bitter, sour, sweet
2 : cured or seasoned with salt : salted
  • salt cod
3 : overflowed with salt water
  • a salt pond
4 : sharp, pungent

saltness

noun

First Known Use of salt

before 12th century


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salt

adjective

Definition of salt

obsolete

Origin and Etymology of salt

by shortening & alteration from assaut, from Middle English, from Anglo-French en saut in rut


SALT

abbreviation

Definition of SALT

Strategic Arms Limitation Talks

Salt

geographical name \ ˈsȯlt \

Definition of Salt

1 river 200 miles (322 kilometers) long in Arizona flowing west into the Gila River
2 river 100 miles (161 kilometers) long in north central Kentucky flowing into the Ohio River
3 river 200 miles (322 kilometers) long in northeastern Missouri flowing southeast into the Mississippi River


SALT Defined for English Language Learners

salt

noun

Definition of salt for English Language Learners

  • : a natural white substance that is used especially to flavor or preserve food

  • : a chemical compound formed when part of an acid is replaced by a metal or something like a metal


salt

verb

Definition of salt for English Language Learners

  • : to flavor or preserve (food) with salt

  • : to put salt on (a surface) especially in order to melt ice


SALT Defined for Kids

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salt

noun \ ˈsȯlt \

Definition of salt for Students

1 : a colorless or white substance that consists of sodium and chlorine and is used in seasoning and preserving food and in industry
2 : a compound formed by the combination of an acid and a base or a metal

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salt

verb

Definition of salt for Students

salted; salting
: to flavor or preserve with salt

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salt

adjective

Definition of salt for Students

: containing salt : salty
  • salt water

Medical Dictionary

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salt

noun \ ˈsȯlt \

medical Definition of salt

1 a : a crystalline compound NaCl that is the chloride of sodium, is abundant in nature, and is used especially to season or preserve food or in industry called also common salt, sodium chloride
b : a substance (as Glauber's salt) resembling common salt
c : any of numerous compounds that result from replacement of part or all of the acid hydrogen of an acid by a metal or a group acting like a metal : an ionic crystalline compound
2 salts plural
a : a mineral or saline mixture (as Epsom salts) used as an aperient or cathartic

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salt

adjective

medical Definition of 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


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