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 saltmixed with a particular herb or seasoning for which it is named:
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.
any of various salts used as purgatives, asEpsom 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.
a sailor, especially an old or experienced one:
wholl be happy to tell you about his years at sea.
to cure, preserve, or treat with salt.
to treat withcommon saltor with any chemical salt.
to spread salt, especiallyrock 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.
a novel salted with witty dialogue.
containing salt; having the taste of salt:
inundated by or growing insalt water:
producing the one of the four basic taste sensations that is not sweet, sour, or bitter.
to preserve by adding quantities of salt to, as meat.
to keep in reserve; store away; save:
to salt away most of ones earnings.
to separate (a dissolved substance) from a solution by the addition of a salt, especially common salt.
to make someones bad situation even worse.
with reserve or allowance; with an attitude of skepticism:
Diplomats took the reports of an impending crisis with a grain of salt.
We couldnt find an assistant worth her salt.
See underStrategic Arms Limitation Talks.
See underStrategic Arms Limitation Talks.
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British Dictionary definitions forsalt
a white powder or colourless crystalline solid, consisting mainly of sodium chloride and used for seasoning and preserving food
preserved in, flooded with, containing, or growing in salt or salty water
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
his wit added salt to the discussion
a sailor, esp one who is old and experienced
to make someones pain, shame, etc, even worse
a person or group of people regarded as the finest of their kind
to scatter salt over (an icy road, path, etc) to melt the ice
to preserve or cure with salt or saline solution
to treat with common salt or other chemical salt
to give a false appearance of value to, esp to introduce valuable ore fraudulently into (a mine, sample, etc)
rank or lascivious (esp in the phrase
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Old Englishsealtsalt (n.; also as an adjective, salty, briny), from Proto-Germanic*saltom(cf. Old Saxon, Old Norse, Old Frisian, Gothicsalt, Dutchzout, GermanSalz), from PIE*sal-salt (cf. Greekhalssalt, sea, Latinsal, Old Church Slavonicsoli, Old Irishsalann, Welshhalensalt).
Modern chemistry sense is from 1790. Meaning experienced sailor is first attested 1840, in reference to the salinity of the sea. Salt was long regarded as having power to repel spiritual and magical evil. Many metaphoric uses reflect that this was once a rare and important resource, e.g.worth ones salt(1830),salt of the earth(Old English, after Matt. v:13). Belief that spilling salt brings bad luck is attested from 16c. To beabove(orbelow)the salt(1590s) refers to customs of seating at a long table according to rank or honor, and placing a large salt-cellar in the middle of the dining table.
Salt-lickfirst recorded 1751;salt-marshis Old Englishsealtne mersc;salt-shakeris from 1882.Salt-and-pepperof dark and light color first recorded 1915. To take somethingwith a grain of saltis from 1640s, from Modern Latincum grano salis.
Cold War U.S.-U.S.S.R. nuclear weapons negotiations, 1968, acronym forStrategic Arms Limitation Talks(which would makeSALT talksredundant, but the last element sometimes also is understood astreaty).
Old Englishsealtan, from Proto-Germanic*salto-(seesalt(n.)), and in part from the noun. Related:Salted;salting.
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Any of the sodium salts of the bile acids, such as taurocholate and glycocholate, occurring in bile.
A mixture, such as a commercial preparation derived from the bile of the ox, that is used medicinally as a hepatic stimulant or laxative.
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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.
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
). It is used widely as a food seasoning and preservative. Also called
common salt, sodium chloride, table salt. Chemical formula:
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A hard, denseigneous rockthat makes up much of the material intectonic plates. The part of theEarths crust beneath the oceans consists mainly of basalt whereas continental crust consists mainly of less dense rocks, such asgranite. (Seeplate tectonics.)
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In addition to the idioms beginning withsalt