Mineralogy[uncountable] a white, crystal-like compound, sodium chloride, used for seasoning and preserving food.
Chemistry[countable] a chemical compound formed by combining an acid and a base.
Informal Terms[countable] a sailor, esp. an old or experienced one.
v. [~ + obj ]
to season or preserve (food) with salt.
to spread salt on so as to melt snow or ice:salting the highways.
salt away, to save (money) for future use: [~ +away + object]salted away a few thousand dollars for an emergency.[~ + object +away]salted some money away years ago.
adj.[before a noun]
tasting of or containing salt:salt water.
preserved with salt:salt cod.
Idiomstake (something) with a grain or pinch of salt, [ take + obj + with a grain/pinch of + ~ ] to be somewhat skeptical about:claimed to have made a million dollars in profits, but I'd take that figure with a grain of salt.
Idiomsworth one's salt,[uncountable] deserving of one's wages or salary.
Mineralogya crystalline compound, sodium chloride, NaCl, occurring as a mineral, a constituent of seawater, etc., and used for seasoning food, as a preservative, etc.
Foodtable salt mixed with a particular herb or seasoning for which it is named:garlic salt; celery salt.
Chemistryany 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.
Drugssalts, 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 Termsa sailor, esp. an old or experienced one.
Idiomswith a grain of salt, with reserve or allowance; with an attitude of skepticism:Diplomats took the reports of an impending crisis with a grain of salt.
Idiomsworth one's salt, deserving of one's wages or salary:We couldn't find an assistant worth her salt.
to season with salt.
to cure, preserve, or treat with salt.
to furnish with salt:to salt cattle.
Chemistryto treat with common salt or with any chemical salt.
to spread salt, esp. rock salt, on so as to melt snow or ice:The highway department salted the roads after the storm.
Miningto 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.
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.
Chemistrysalt out, to separate (a dissolved substance) from a solution by the addition of a salt, esp. common salt.
containing salt; having the taste of salt:salt water.
cured or preserved with salt:salt cod.
inundated by or growing in salt water:salt marsh.
Psychologyproducing the one of the four basic taste sensations that is not sweet, sour, or bitter.
pungent or sharp:salt speech.
bef. 900; (noun, nominal and adjective, adjectival) Middle English; Old English sealt; cognate with German Salz, Old Norse, Gothic salt; akin to Latin sāl, Greek háls (see halo-); (verb, verbal) Middle English salten, Old English s(e)altan; compare Old High German salzan, Old Norse salta, Dutch zouten; see salary
5.See corresponding entry in Unabridged flavor, savor.
8.See corresponding entry in Unabridged See sailor.
Latin saltus a jump, equivalent. to sal(īre) to jump + -tus suffix of verb, verbal action
Middle French asaut on the jump; saut
aphetic variant of assaut, Middle English a sawt 1535–45
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
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