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Definition of Salt

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add salt, season with salt; preserve in salt; scatter salt; spice up, make lively; fraudulently place expensive minerals within a mine to make the mine appear valuable
sodium chloride, common crystalline mineral, table salt; element that provides zest or liveliness; experienced sailor; element that makes an expression poignant or caustic
salty, having the flavor of salt; containing salt; preserved with salt; bitter, piquant, sharp
series of talks between the United States and the Soviet Union for the purpose of limiting strategic nuclear arms (began in 1969)
Salt Definition from Arts & Humanities Dictionaries & Glossaries
English-Latin Online Dictionary
Salt Definition from Language, Idioms & Slang Dictionaries & Glossaries
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
A dish for salt at table; a saltcellar.
A sailor; -- usually qualified by old.
Any mineral salt used as an aperient or cathartic, especially Epsom salts, Rochelle salt, or Glauber's salt.
Fig.: Bitter; sharp; pungent.
Fig.: Salacious; lecherous; lustful.
Fig.: That which preserves from corruption or error; that which purifies; a corrective; an antiseptic; also, an allowance or deduction; as, his statements must be taken with a grain of salt.
Hence, also, piquancy; wit; sense; as, Attic salt.
Hence, flavor; taste; savor; smack; seasoning.
Marshes flooded by the tide.
Of or relating to salt; abounding in, or containing, salt; prepared or preserved with, or tasting of, salt; salted; as, salt beef; salt water.
Overflowed with, or growing in, salt water; as, a salt marsh; salt grass.
The act of leaping or jumping; a leap.
The chloride of sodium, a substance used for seasoning food, for the preservation of meat, etc. It is found native in the earth, and is also produced, by evaporation and crystallization, from sea water and other water impregnated with saline particles.
The neutral compound formed by the union of an acid and a base; thus, sulphuric acid and iron form the salt sulphate of iron or green vitriol.
(v. i.)
To deposit salt as a saline solution; as, the brine begins to salt.
(v. t.)
To fill with salt between the timbers and planks, as a ship, for the preservation of the timber.
(v. t.)
To sprinkle, impregnate, or season with salt; to preserve with salt or in brine; to supply with salt; as, to salt fish, beef, or pork; to salt cattle.

Sulphate of magnesia having cathartic qualities; -- originally prepared by boiling down the mineral waters at Epsom, England, -- whence the name; afterwards prepared from sea water; but now from certain minerals, as from siliceous hydrate of magnesia.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913), edited by Noah Porter. About
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\salt\ (?), n. [as. sealt; akin to os. & ofries. salt, d. zout, g. salz, icel., sw., & dan. salt, l. sal, gr. &?;, russ. sole, ir. & gael. salann, w. halen, of unknown origin. cf. sal, salad, salary, saline, sauce, sausage.]
1. the chloride of sodium, a substance used for seasoning food, for the preservation of meat, etc. it is found native in the earth, and is also produced, by evaporation and crystallization, from sea water and other water impregnated with saline particles.
2. hence, flavor; taste; savor; smack; seasoning. though we are justices and doctors and churchmen we have some salt of our youth in us.
3. hence, also, piquancy; wit; sense; as, attic salt.
4. a dish for salt at table; a saltcellar. i out and bought some things; among others, a dozen of silver salts.
5. a sailor; -- usually qualified by old. [colloq.] around the door are generally to be seen, laughing and gossiping, clusters of old salts.
6. (chem.) the neutral compound formed by the union of an acid and a base; thus, sulphuric acid and iron form the salt sulphate of iron or green vitriol.
note: except in case of ammonium salts, accurately speaking, it is the acid radical which unites with the base or basic radical, with the elimination of hydrogen, of water, or of analogous compounds as side products. in the case of diacid and triacid bases, and of dibasic and tribasic acids, the mutual neutralization may vary in degree, producing respectively basic, neutral, or acid salts. see phrases below.
7. fig.: that which preserves from corruption or error; that which purifies; a corrective; an antiseptic; also, an allowance or deduction; as, his statements must be taken with a grain of salt. ye are the salt of the earth. v. 13.
8. pl. any mineral salt used as an aperient or cathartic, especially epsom salts, rochelle salt, or glauber's salt.
9. pl. marshes flooded by the tide. [prov. eng.]

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The Phrase Finder
Common or lowly. See also 'beyond the pale'.
In mediaeval England nobility sat at a high table and commoners at lower trestle tables. Salt was expensive and only the nobs were provided with it. Hence the peasantry were below the salt.
Accept a truth but with reservations.
The idea comes from the fact that food is more easily swallowed if taken with a small amount of salt. Pliny the elder translated an ancient antidote for poison with the words 'be taken fasting, plus a grain of salt'. The phrase has only been in use since the 17th century though.
From The Bible. Matthew 5:13 Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.
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Concise English-Irish Dictionary v. 1.1
n., salann m.
salt water: sáile
salt cellar: sáiltéar
adj., salty: guirt
JM Languages
YUI Salt-Yui is a Chimbu language spoken in Papua New Guinea.
The language is: Salt-Yui
JM Welsh <=> English Dictionary
Dihalen = a. without salt
Gwyrf = a. pure, fresh, not salt
Hal = v. saline, salt; alkaline
Halen = n. salt, Crwth halen, a salt box, salt cellar
Halenog = a. abounding in salt
Halenwr = n. a salt merchant
Hallt = a. salt, saline; severe
Halltaidd = a. somewhat salt
Halltu = v. to salt, to make salt
Halog = a. saturated with salt, contaminated; polluted
Heledd = n. a place to make salt
Heli = n. brine, salt water
Shakespeare Words
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Australian Slang
(jocular) (usually plural) workplace in which work is fast-paced and gruelling
with some reserve; without wholly believing
London Slang
the word salt means woman (esp. a 'loose' woman or sexual partner) and has been used since the 19th century. Usually pron. 'sort'. It is used in a slightly derogatory way and is nearly always prefixed by 'some old'. e.g. "Dave wasn't dahn the boozer last night, must av been out with some old sort he met the other night".
English Slang Dictionary v1.2
see throw salt on my game and salt your game
WordNet 2.0

1. negotiations between the United States and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics opened in 1969 in Helsinki designed to limit both countries' stock of nuclear weapons
(synonym) Strategic Arms Limitation Talks
(hypernym) diplomacy, diplomatic negotiations

1. a compound formed by replacing hydrogen in an acid by a metal (or a radical that acts like a metal)
(hypernym) compound, chemical compound
(hyponym) acetate, ethanoate
2. white crystalline form of especially sodium chloride used to season and preserve food
(synonym) table salt, common salt
(hypernym) flavorer, flavourer, flavoring, flavouring, seasoner, seasoning
3. the taste experience when salt is taken into the mouth
(synonym) saltiness, salinity
(hypernym) taste, taste sensation, gustatory sensation, taste perception, gustatory perception

1. add salt to
(hypernym) season, flavor, flavour
(derivation) saltiness, salinity
(classification) cooking, cookery, preparation
2. sprinkle as if with salt; "the rebels had salted the fields with mines and traps"
(hypernym) sprinkle, splash, splosh
3. add zest or liveliness to; "She salts her lectures with jokes"
(hypernym) spice, spice up
4. preserve with salt; "people used to salt meats on ships"
(hypernym) preserve, keep
(derivation) saltiness, salinity
(classification) cooking, cookery, preparation

1. containing or filled with salt; "salt water"
(antonym) fresh
(similar) brackish, briny
(see-also) tasteful
2. of speech that is painful or bitter; "salt scorn"- Shakespeare; "a salt apology"
(similar) sharp
3. one of the four basic taste sensations; like the taste of sea water
(synonym) salty
(similar) tasteful
Salt Definition from Business & Finance Dictionaries & Glossaries
Glossary of petroleum Industry
dome/salt-plug pool Structural or stratigraphic traps (q.v.) Associated with rock-salt intrusions; pools formed by the intrusion of underlying salt formations into overlying Porous and permeable sedimentary layers creating traps favorable to the presence of oil and gas.
Salt Definition from Government Dictionaries & Glossaries
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County:  Staffordshire
Post Code: ST18
DOD Joint Acronyms and Abbreviations
supporting arms liaison team
Source: U.S. Department of Defense, Joint Doctrine Division. ( About )
Military Abbreviations
supporting arms liaison team
NATO Acronyms
Strategic Arms Limitation Talks
International Relations and Security Acronyms
Strategic Arms Limitation Talks
Salt Definition from Social Science Dictionaries & Glossaries
Dream Dictionary
Salt is an omen of discordant surroundings when seen in dreams. You will usually find after dreaming of salt that everything goes awry, and quarrels and dissatisfaction show themselves in the family circle.

To salt meat, portends that debts and mortgages will harass you.

For a young woman to eat salt, she will be deserted by her lover for a more beautiful and attractive girl, thus causing her deep chagrin.
Ten Thousand Dreams Interpreted, or "What's in a dream": a scientific and practical exposition; By Gustavus Hindman, 1910. For the open domain e-text see: Guttenberg Project
Salt Definition from Science & Technology Dictionaries & Glossaries
BioProcess International™ Glossary
general term used for ionic compounds composed of positively charged cations and negatively charged anions, resulting in a net neutral charge.
Copyright © 2002 - 2006, BioProcess International™. All rights reserved.
General Chemistry Glossary
Compare with covalent compound and ionic bond .A compound made of distinguishable cations and anions , held together by electrostatic forces.
Salt Definition from Computer & Internet Dictionaries & Glossaries
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Speech Application Language Tags
Speech Application Language Tags (SALT) 1.0 is an extension of HTML and other markup languages (cHTML, XHTML, WML, etc.) which adds a speech and telephony interface to web applications and services, for both voice only (e.g. telephone) and multimodal browsers.
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Jargon File
n. A tiny bit of near-random data inserted where too much regularity would be undesirable; a data frob (sense 1). For example, the Unix crypt(3) man page mentions that "the salt string is used to perturb the DES algorithm in one of 4096 different ways."
Salt Definition from Encyclopedia Dictionaries & Glossaries
English Wikipedia - The Free Encyclopedia
Common salt is a mineral composed primarily of sodium chloride (NaCl), a chemical compound belonging to the larger class of salts; salt in its natural form as a crystalline mineral is known as rock salt or halite. Salt is present in vast quantities in seawater, where it is the main mineral constituent; the open ocean has about of solids per litre, a salinity of 3.5%. Salt is essential for animal life, and saltiness is one of the basic human tastes. The tissues of animals contain larger quantities of salt than do plant tissues; therefore the typical diets of nomads who subsist on their flocks and herds require little or no added salt, whereas cereal-based diets require supplementation. Salt is one of the oldest and most ubiquitous of food seasonings, and salting is an important method of food preservation.

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The Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (SALT) were two rounds of bilateral conferences and corresponding international treaties involving the United States and the Soviet Union—the Cold War superpowers—on the issue of armament control. The two rounds of talks and agreements were SALT I and SALT II.

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Salt Definition from Society & Culture Dictionaries & Glossaries
Environmental Engineering (English ver.)
A chemical class of ionic compounds formed by the combination of an acid and a base. Most salts are the result of a reaction between a metal and one or more nonmetals. See Salts, below.
Salt Definition from Entertainment & Music Dictionaries & Glossaries
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Salt Definition from Religion & Spirituality Dictionaries & Glossaries
Easton's Bible Dictionary
used to season food (Job 6:6), and mixed with the fodder of cattle (Isa. 30:24, "clean;" in marg. of R.V. "salted"). All meat-offerings were seasoned with salt (Lev. 2:13). To eat salt with one is to partake of his hospitality, to derive subsistence from him; and hence he who did so was bound to look after his host's interests (Ezra 4:14, "We have maintenance from the king's palace;" A.V. marg., "We are salted with the salt of the palace;" R.V., "We eat the salt of the palace"). A "covenant of salt" (Num. 18:19; 2 Chr. 13:5) was a covenant of perpetual obligation. New-born children were rubbed with salt (Ezek. 16:4). Disciples are likened unto salt, with reference to its cleansing and preserving uses (Matt. 5:13). When Abimelech took the city of Shechem, he sowed the place with salt, that it might always remain a barren soil (Judg. 9:45). Sir Lyon Playfair argues, on scientific grounds, that under the generic name of "salt," in certain passages, we are to understand petroleum or its residue asphalt. Thus in Gen. 19:26 he would read "pillar of asphalt;" and in Matt. 5:13, instead of "salt," "petroleum," which loses its essence by exposure, as salt does not, and becomes asphalt, with which pavements were made. The Jebel Usdum, to the south of the Dead Sea, is a mountain of rock salt about 7 miles long and from 2 to 3 miles wide and some hundreds of feet high.
one of the cities of Judah (Josh. 15:62), probably in the Valley of Salt, at the southern end of the Dead Sea.
Smith's Bible Dictionary

Indispensable as salt is to ourselves, it was even more so to the Hebrews, being to them not only an appetizing condiment in the food both of man, (Job 11:6) and beset, (Isaiah 30:24) see margin, and a valuable antidote to the effects of the heat of the climate on animal food, but also entering largely into the religious services of the Jews as an accompaniment to the various offerings presented on the altar. (Leviticus 2:13) They possessed an inexhaustible and ready supply of it on the southern shores of the Dead Sea. See: Sea, The Salt, THE SALT There is one mountain here called Jebel Usdum, seven miles long and several hundred feet high, which is composed almost entirely of salt. The Jews appear to have distinguished between rock-salt and that which was gained by evaporation as the Talmudists particularize one species (probably the latter) as the "salt of Sodom." The salt-pits formed an important source of revenue to the rulers of the country, and Antiochus conferred a valuable boon on Jerusalem by presenting the city with 375 bushels of salt for the temple service. As one of the most essential articles of diet, salt symbolized hospitality; as an antiseptic, durability, fidelity and purity. Hence the expression "covenant of salt," (Leviticus 2:13; Numbers 18:19; 2 Chronicles 13:5) as betokening an indissoluble alliance between friends; and again the expression "salted with the salt of the palace." (Ezra 4:14) not necessarily meaning that they had "maintenance from the palace," as Authorized Version has it, but that they were bound by sacred obligations fidelity to the king. So in the present day, "to eat bread and salt together" is an expression for a league of mutual amity. It was probably with a view to keep this idea prominently before the minds of the Jews that the use of salt was enjoined on the Israelites in their offerings to God.
Smith's Bible Dictionary (1884) , by William Smith. About
Salt Used in alchemy for a fundamental principle of nature, a member of the triad mercury, sulphur, and salt, corresponding to spirit, soul, and body; or to fire (or air), water, and earth. Paracelsus regarded these as the mystical elements of all compound bodies. All forms of matter were reducible to one or other of them -- everything was either a sulphur, a mercury, a salt, or a compound. The philosopher's stone was said to be a compound of all three. Thus salt is the physical rudiment, as illustrated by the cubical crystals of common salt. Ancient thought regarded such elements as fundamental principles which manifest on various planes, nor did it make hard and fast distinctions between physical and nonphysical; but modern thought has given a fictitious reality to physical objects, and regards the ancient use of the terms as metaphorical. The veneration shown for salt was not a mere deification of its physical virtues, but a recognition of the salt-principle in nature, of which ordinary salt is merely a physical emblem. The well-known stimulant, flavoring, and preservative qualities of salt prove it to be a physical manifestation of an important principle; such phrases as bread and salt, and salt of the earth are therefore theosophy, as concerns not merely figures of speech but a use of salt in its more radical sense. For the same reason it played an important part, along with other substances, in sacrificial ceremonies.
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Salt Definition from Medicine Dictionaries & Glossaries
High Blood Pressure
Common table salt or sodium chloride (NaCl).
A Basic Guide to ASL
Both 'H' hands, palms down, are held before the chest. The fingers of the right 'H' hand tap those of the left several times.