saltwater

adjective
salt·​wa·​ter | \ˈsȯlt-ˌwȯ-tər, -ˌwä-\

Definition of saltwater 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : consisting of or containing salt water saltwater lagoons a saltwater solution — compare freshwater

2 : living in or taken from salt water saltwater fish saltwater pearls

3 : relating to, associated with, or suitable for salt water a saltwater rod saltwater tales

salt water

noun
variants: or less commonly saltwater

Definition of salt water (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : water to which salt (as sodium chloride) has been added flush the wound with salt water We think all turkeys are improved by brining (soaking in salt water), but it's a cumbersome task that few holiday schedules can accommodate.Gourmet

2 : water (as of the ocean) that naturally contains a significant amount of salt : seawater This deck shoe uses a patented leather that's virtually immune to salt water.— Michael Verdon also : a body of salt water We hiked on, finally reaching the island's highest point, a lookout with sweeping views far out across the salt water. — Wendy Williams — compare fresh water

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Seminars by top fresh and saltwater pros run daily. Bink Grimes, Houston Chronicle, "Outdoors report: March 2," 1 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of saltwater

Adjective

1528, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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The first known use of saltwater was before the 12th century

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saltwater

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of saltwater

: of, relating to, or living in salt water

saltwater

adjective
salt·​wa·​ter | \ˈsȯlt-ˌwȯ-tər, -ˌwä-\

Kids Definition of saltwater

: relating to or living in salt water a saltwater fish

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