a crystalline compound, sodium chloride, NaCl, occurring as a mineral, a constituent of seawater, etc., and used for seasoning food, as a preservative, etc.
table salt mixed with a particular herb or seasoning for which it is named:
garlic salt; celery salt.
Chemistry. any of a class of compounds formed by the replacement of one or more hydrogen atoms of an acid with elements or groups, which are composed of anions and cations, and which usually ionize in solution; a product formed by the neutralization of an acid by a base.
salts, any of various salts used as purgatives, as Epsom salts.
an element that gives liveliness, piquancy, or pungency:
Anecdotes are the salt of his narrative.
a small, usually open dish, as of silver or glass, used on the table for holding salt.
Informal. a sailor, especially an old or experienced one:
He’s an old salt who’ll be happy to tell you about his years at sea.
verb (used with object)
to season with salt.
to cure, preserve, or treat with salt.
to furnish with salt:
to salt cattle.
to treat with common salt or with any chemical salt.
to spread salt, especially rock salt, on so as to melt snow or ice:
The highway department salted the roads after the storm.
to introduce rich ore or other valuable matter fraudulently into (a mine, the ground, a mineral sample, etc.) to create a false impression of value.
to add interest or excitement to:
a novel salted with witty dialogue.
containing salt; having the taste of salt:
cured or preserved with salt:
inundated by or growing in salt water:
producing the one of the four basic taste sensations that is not sweet, sour, or bitter.
pungent or sharp:
Also, salt down. to preserve by adding quantities of salt to, as meat.
Informal. to keep in reserve; store away; save:
to salt away most of one’s earnings.
salt out, to separate (a dissolved substance) from a solution by the addition of a salt, especially common salt.
rub salt in / into someone’s wounds, to make someone’s bad situation even worse.
with a grain / pinch of salt, with reserve or allowance; with an attitude of skepticism:
Diplomats took the reports of an impending crisis with a grain of salt.
worth one’s salt, deserving of one’s wages or salary:
We couldn’t find an assistant worth her salt.
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(med) any of various mineral salts, such as magnesium sulphate or sodium sulphate, for use as a cathartic
short for smelling salts
(informal) like a dose of salts, very fast
a white powder or colourless crystalline solid, consisting mainly of sodium chloride and used for seasoning and preserving food
(modifier) preserved in, flooded with, containing, or growing in salt or salty water: salt pork, salt marshes
(chem) any of a class of usually crystalline solid compounds that are formed from, or can be regarded as formed from, an acid and a base by replacement of one or more hydrogen atoms in the acid molecules by positive ions from the base
liveliness or pungency: his wit added salt to the discussion
dry or laconic wit
a sailor, esp one who is old and experienced
short for saltcellar
rub salt into someone’s wounds, to make someone’s pain, shame, etc, even worse
salt of the earth, a person or group of people regarded as the finest of their kind
with a grain of salt, with a pinch of salt, with reservations; sceptically
worth one’s salt, efficient; worthy of one’s pay
to season or preserve with salt
to scatter salt over (an icy road, path, etc) to melt the ice
to add zest to
often foll by down or away. to preserve or cure with salt or saline solution
(chem) to treat with common salt or other chemical salt
to provide (cattle, etc) with salt
to give a false appearance of value to, esp to introduce valuable ore fraudulently into (a mine, sample, etc)
not sour, sweet, or bitter; salty
(obsolete) rank or lascivious (esp in the phrase a salt wit)
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A colorless or white crystalline solid, chiefly sodium chloride, used extensively as a food seasoning and preservative.
A chemical compound replacing all or part of the hydrogen ions of an acid with metal ions or electropositive radicals.
salts Any of various mineral salts, such as magnesium sulfate, sodium sulfate, or potassium sodium tartrate, used as laxatives or cathartics.
salts Smelling salts.
salts Epsom salts.
Any of a large class of chemical compounds formed when a positively charged ion (a cation) bonds with a negatively charged ion (an anion), as when a halogen bonds with a metal. Salts are water soluble; when dissolved, the ions are freed from each other, and the electrical conductivity of the water is increased. See more at complex salt, double salt, simple salt.
A colorless or white crystalline salt in which a sodium atom (the cation) is bonded to a chlorine atom (the anion). This salt is found naturally in all animal fluids, in seawater, and in underground deposits (when it is often called halite). It is used widely as a food seasoning and preservative. Also called common salt, sodium chloride, table salt. Chemical formula: NaCl.
In chemistry, a compound resulting from the combination of an acid and a base, which neutralize each other.
Note: Common table salt is sodium chloride.
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used to season food (Job 6:6), and mixed with the fodder of cattle (Isa. 30:24, “clean;” in marg. of R.V. “salted”). All meat-offerings were seasoned with salt (Lev. 2:13). To eat salt with one is to partake of his hospitality, to derive subsistence from him; and hence he who did so was bound to look after his host’s interests (Ezra 4:14, “We have maintenance from the king’s palace;” A.V. marg., “We are salted with the salt of the palace;” R.V., “We eat the salt of the palace”). A “covenant of salt” (Num. 18:19; 2 Chr. 13:5) was a covenant of perpetual obligation. New-born children were rubbed with salt (Ezek. 16:4). Disciples are likened unto salt, with reference to its cleansing and preserving uses (Matt. 5:13). When Abimelech took the city of Shechem, he sowed the place with salt, that it might always remain a barren soil (Judg. 9:45). Sir Lyon Playfair argues, on scientific grounds, that under the generic name of “salt,” in certain passages, we are to understand petroleum or its residue asphalt. Thus in Gen. 19:26 he would read “pillar of asphalt;” and in Matt. 5:13, instead of “salt,” “petroleum,” which loses its essence by exposure, as salt does not, and becomes asphalt, with which pavements were made. The Jebel Usdum, to the south of the Dead Sea, is a mountain of rock salt about 7 miles long and from 2 to 3 miles wide and some hundreds of feet high.
- Salt sea
(Josh. 3:16). See DEAD SEA.
noun, South Midland U.S. 1. a salt shaker.
noun 1. a container for salt with a perforated top to allow the salt to be shaken out.
- Salt solution
salt solution n. See saline solution.