(comparative more saltlike, superlative most saltlike)
- Resembling salt.
salt + -like
Variant of salt
- sodium chloride, NaCl, a white, crystalline substance with a characteristic taste, found in natural beds, in sea water, etc., and used for seasoning and preserving foods, etc.
- a chemical compound derived from an acid by replacing hydrogen, wholly or partly, with a metal or an electropositive radical: the salt of an -ous acid is usually indicated by the suffix -ite, the salt of an -ic acid by the suffix -ate
- that which lends a tang or piquancy; esp., sharp pungent humor or wit
- any of various mineral salts used as a cathartic, as Epsom salts, or to soften bath water, as a restorative, etc.
- Informal a sailor, esp. an experienced one
Origin of saltMiddle English ; from Old English sealt, akin to German salz ; from Indo-European base an unverified form sal-, salt from source Classical Latin sal, Classical Greek hāls, salt, Sanskrit salila, salty
- containing salt
- preserved with salt
- tasting or smelling of salt
- Now Rare pungent or biting
- flooded with salt water
- growing in salt water
- to sprinkle or season with salt
- to preserve with salt or in a salt solution
- to provide with salt
- to treat with salt in chemical processes
- to season or give a tang to: to salt a speech with wit
- to give artificial value to; specif.,
- to alter (books, prices, etc.) in order to give false value
- ☆ to scatter minerals or ores in (a mine), put oil in (a well), etc. in order to deceive prospective buyers
above (or below) the salt
salt awayor salt down
- to pack and preserve with salt
- ☆ Informal to store or save (money, etc.)
salt of the earth
Origin of saltsee Matt. 5:13 any person or persons regarded as the finest, noblest, etc.
with a grain of saltor with a pinch of salt
Origin of saltLatinized as cum grano salis with some doubt, allowance for exaggeration, etc.; skeptically
worth one's salt