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: ME < OE sealt, akin to Ger salz < IE base *sal-, salt > L sal, Gr hāls, salt, Sans 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
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