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salt·​wa·​ter ˈsȯlt-ˌwȯ-tər How to pronounce saltwater (audio)
: consisting of or containing salt water
saltwater lagoons
a saltwater solution
compare freshwater
: living in or taken from salt water
saltwater fish
saltwater pearls
: relating to, associated with, or suitable for salt water
a saltwater rod
saltwater tales

salt water

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variants or less commonly saltwater
: 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
: 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

Examples of saltwater in a Sentence

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In many cases, NOAA’s data has led to restrictions on sport angler harvest of saltwater gamefish—most notably red snapper—along the Gulf and South Atlantic coasts, infuriating anglers and industry professionals who have long suspected the federal data is overcounting. Bob McNally, Outdoor Life, 14 Sep. 2023 Shedd Aquarium - Chicago, IL The Shedd Aquarium is a great spot for Midwesterners to see an incredible saltwater fish collection. Jacob Linden, Redbook, 17 Aug. 2023 There is also a saltwater Ocean Journey exhibit, an IMAX 3D theater, and... a few macaroni penguins. Jacob Linden, Redbook, 17 Aug. 2023 One of the most ambitious attempts to raise saltwater fish made headlines last year, as a team from Japan showed early success in breeding bluefin tuna in captivity. Joe Cermele, Outdoor Life, 16 Aug. 2023 The fish is the Banggai cardinalfish, a small striped saltwater fish native to Indonesia. Patrick Whittle,, 16 Aug. 2023 Jubilees come in many forms, from events with just flounder or shrimp or crabs or saltwater catfish to bay bonanzas with all those creatures lined up in the shallowest water at the shore. David Rainer Alabama Department Of Conservation and Natural Resources, al, 10 Aug. 2023 Shimano has several reels considered to be the best all around saltwater conventional reel, including the TLD, Talica, and our choice, the Tyrnos. Jerry Audet, Field & Stream, 19 July 2023 The sturdy construction helps battle the rigors of saltwater fishing. Alberto Knie, Field & Stream, 22 June 2023
Most people get infected with vibrio by eating raw or undercooked shellfish, like oysters, but some people get infected when an open wound is exposed to salt water or brackish water that contains vibrio, per the CDC. Korin Miller, Women's Health, 7 Sep. 2023 Related Story Why Do Viruses Exist, Anyway? Vibrio naturally live in coastal waters, including salt water and brackish water, which is a mixture of salt and fresh water. Tim Newcomb, Popular Mechanics, 6 Sep. 2023 At the end of similarly epic efforts, some swimmers simply collapse and can’t move, while others can’t speak because their throats are so irritated by taking in salt water. Josh Rottenberg, Los Angeles Times, 30 Aug. 2023 Similarly, your child can ease irritation by gargling salt water. Nicole Harris, Parents, 24 Aug. 2023 The Best Way To Keep Apples From Turning Brown The salt water works the best! Lisa Cericola, Southern Living, 16 Aug. 2023 Artificial heat: In artificial heat processing, brine or other kinds of salt water is placed in a vacuum vessel that has enough pressure to boil the liquid. USA TODAY, 13 Aug. 2023 Families also love Ocean City's claim to fame: salt water taffy. Rose Marie Walano, Country Living, 9 Aug. 2023 While there are limitations to farming this plant (it must be grown in salt water), vertical ocean farming systems are being created to more efficiently meet consumer demands. Christina Manian, Rdn, Better Homes & Gardens, 24 July 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use


1528, in the meaning defined at sense 1


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

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

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“Saltwater.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Oct. 2023.

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salt·​wa·​ter ˈsȯlt-ˌwȯt-ər How to pronounce saltwater (audio)
: relating to, living in, or consisting of salt water
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