Salt a lecture with anecdotes.
To salt a speech with wit.
An example of salt is what is found in a shaker on the table of most restaurants along with pepper.
- 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.
His statements must be taken with a grain of salt.
To salt fish, beef, or pork.
The brine begins to salt.
A salt spray; salt tears.
Breathed the salt air.
- A person or group considered the best or most worthy part of society.
- Efficient and capable.
- in a more honored (or less honored) position
- to pack and preserve with salt
- to store or save (money, etc.)
- to precipitate or separate (a substance) from its solution by the addition of a soluble salt
- with some doubt, allowance for exaggeration, etc.; skeptically
- worth or, esp., well worth one's wages; skilled or competent in performing one's duties
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Origin of salt
- Middle English from Old English sealt sal- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Old English sealt, from Proto-Germanic *saltÄ… (compare Dutch zout, German Salz, Swedish salt), from Proto-Indo-European *sehâ‚‚l- (compare French sel, Welsh halen, Old Irish salann, Latin sal, Russian соль (sol'), Ancient Greek ἅλς (háls), Albanian ngjelmÃ« (“salty, savory"), Old Armenian Õ¡Õ² (aÅ‚), Tocharian A sāle, Sanskrit सलिल (salila)).