Definitions for: Salt


[n] the taste experience when salt is taken into the mouth
[n] negotiations between the US and the USSR opened in 1969 in Helsinki designed to limit both countries' stock of nuclear weapons
[n] white crystalline form of especially sodium chloride used to season and preserve food
[n]
[adj] (rare; of speech) painful; bitter; "salt scorn"- Shakespeare; "a salt apology"
[adj] containing or filled with salt; "salt water"
[adj] one of the four basic taste sensations; like the taste of sea water
[v] preserve with salt, as of meats
[v] add salt to



Webster (1913) Definition: 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. --Shak.

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. --Pepys.

5. A sailor; -- usually qualified by old. [Colloq.]

Around the door are generally to be seen, laughing
and gossiping, clusters of old salts. --Hawthorne.

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. --Matt. 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.]

Above the salt, Below the salt, phrases which have
survived the old custom, in the houses of people of rank,
of placing a large saltcellar near the middle of a long
table, the places above which were assigned to the guests
of distinction, and those below to dependents, inferiors,
and poor relations. See Saltfoot.

His fashion is not to take knowledge of him that is
beneath him in clothes. He never drinks below the
salt. --B. Jonson.

Acid salt (Chem.)
(a) A salt derived from an acid which has several
replaceable hydrogen atoms which are only partially
exchanged for metallic atoms or basic radicals; as,
acid potassium sulphate is an acid salt.
(b) A salt, whatever its constitution, which merely gives
an acid reaction; thus, copper sulphate, which is
composed of a strong acid united with a weak base, is
an acid salt in this sense, though theoretically it is
a neutral salt.

Alkaline salt (Chem.), a salt which gives an alkaline
reaction, as sodium carbonate.

Amphid salt (Old Chem.), a salt of the oxy type, formerly
regarded as composed of two oxides, an acid and a basic
oxide. [Obsolescent]

Basic salt (Chem.)
(a) A salt which contains more of the basic constituent
than is required to neutralize the acid.
(b) An alkaline salt.

Binary salt (Chem.), a salt of the oxy type conveniently
regarded as composed of two ingredients (analogously to a
haloid salt), viz., a metal and an acid radical.

Double salt (Chem.), a salt regarded as formed by the union
of two distinct salts, as common alum, potassium aluminium
sulphate. See under Double.

Epsom salts. See in the Vocabulary.

Essential salt (Old Chem.), a salt obtained by
crystallizing plant juices.

Ethereal salt. (Chem.) See under Ethereal.

Glauber's salt or salts. See in Vocabulary.

Haloid salt (Chem.), a simple salt of a halogen acid, as
sodium chloride.

Microcosmic salt. (Chem.). See under Microcosmic.

Neutral salt. (Chem.)
(a) A salt in which the acid and base (in theory)
neutralize each other.
(b) A salt which gives a neutral reaction.

Oxy salt (Chem.), a salt derived from an oxygen acid.

Per salt (Old Chem.), a salt supposed to be derived from a
peroxide base or analogous compound. [Obs.]

Permanent salt, a salt which undergoes no change on
exposure to the air.

Proto salt (Chem.), a salt derived from a protoxide base or
analogous compound.

Rochelle salt. See under Rochelle.

Salt of amber (Old Chem.), succinic acid.

Salt of colcothar (Old Chem.), green vitriol, or sulphate
of iron.

Salt of hartshorn. (Old Chem.)
(a) Sal ammoniac, or ammonium chloride.
(b) Ammonium carbonate. Cf. Spirit of hartshorn, under
Hartshorn.

Salt of lemons. (Chem.) See Salt of sorrel, below.

Salt of Saturn (Old Chem.), sugar of lead; lead acetate; --
the alchemical name of lead being Saturn.

Salt of Seignette. Same as Rochelle salt.

Salt of soda (Old Chem.), sodium carbonate.

Salt of sorrel (Old Chem.), acid potassium oxalate, or
potassium quadroxalate, used as a solvent for ink stains;
-- so called because found in the sorrel, or Oxalis. Also
sometimes inaccurately called salt of lemon.

Salt of tartar (Old Chem.), potassium carbonate; -- so
called because formerly made by heating cream of tartar,
or potassium tartrate. [Obs.]

Salt of Venus (Old Chem.), blue vitriol; copper sulphate;
-- the alchemical name of copper being Venus.

Salt of wisdom. See Alembroth.

Sedative salt (Old Med. Chem.), boric acid.

Sesqui salt (Chem.), a salt derived from a sesquioxide base
or analogous compound.

Spirit of salt. (Chem.) See under Spirit.

Sulpho salt (Chem.), a salt analogous to an oxy salt, but
containing sulphur in place of oxygen.


Salt, a. [Compar. Salter; superl. Saltest.] [AS.
sealt, salt. See Salt, n.]
1. Of or relating to salt; abounding in, or containing, salt;
prepared or preserved with, or tasting of, salt; salted;
as, salt beef; salt water. ``Salt tears.'' --Chaucer.

2. Overflowed with, or growing in, salt water; as, a salt
marsh; salt grass.

3. Fig.: Bitter; sharp; pungent.

I have a salt and sorry rheum offends me. --Shak.

4. Fig.: Salacious; lecherous; lustful. --Shak.



Salt acid (Chem.), hydrochloric acid.

Salt block, an apparatus for evaporating brine; a salt
factory. --Knight.

Salt bottom, a flat piece of ground covered with saline
efflorescences. [Western U.S.] --Bartlett.

Salt cake (Chem.), the white caked mass, consisting of
sodium sulphate, which is obtained as the product of the
first stage in the manufacture of soda, according to
Leblanc's process.

Salt fish.
(a) Salted fish, especially cod, haddock, and similar
fishes that have been salted and dried for food.
(b) A marine fish.

Salt garden, an arrangement for the natural evaporation of
sea water for the production of salt, employing large
shallow basins excavated near the seashore.

Salt gauge, an instrument used to test the strength of
brine; a salimeter.

Salt horse, salted beef. [Slang]

Salt junk, hard salt beef for use at sea. [Slang]

Salt lick. See Lick, n.

Salt marsh, grass land subject to the overflow of salt
water.

Salt-marsh caterpillar (Zo["o]l.), an American bombycid
moth (Spilosoma acr[ae]a which is very destructive to
the salt-marsh grasses and to other crops. Called also
woolly bear. See Illust. under Moth, Pupa, and
Woolly bear, under Woolly.

Salt-marsh fleabane (Bot.), a strong-scented composite herb
(Pluchea camphorata) with rayless purplish heads,
growing in salt marshes.

Salt-marsh hen (Zo["o]l.), the clapper rail. See under
Rail.

Salt-marsh terrapin (Zo["o]l.), the diamond-back.

Salt mine, a mine where rock salt is obtained.

Salt pan.
(a) A large pan used for making salt by evaporation; also,
a shallow basin in the ground where salt water is
evaporated by the heat of the sun.
(b) pl. Salt works.

Salt pit, a pit where salt is obtained or made.

Salt rising, a kind of yeast in which common salt is a
principal ingredient. [U.S.]

Salt raker, one who collects salt in natural salt ponds, or
inclosures from the sea.

Salt sedative (Chem.), boracic acid. [Obs.]

Salt spring, a spring of salt water.

Salt tree (Bot.), a small leguminous tree ({Halimodendron
argenteum}) growing in the salt plains of the Caspian
region and in Siberia.

Salt water, water impregnated with salt, as that of the
ocean and of certain seas and lakes; sometimes, also,
tears.

Mine eyes are full of tears, I can not see; And yet
salt water blinds them not so much But they can see
a sort of traitors here. --Shak.

Salt-water sailor, an ocean mariner.

Salt-water tailor. (Zo["o]l.) See Bluefish.


Salt, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Salted; p. pr. & vb. n.
Salting.]
1. 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.

2. To fill with salt between the timbers and planks, as a
ship, for the preservation of the timber.

To salt a mine, to artfully deposit minerals in a mine in
order to deceive purchasers regarding its value. [Cant]

To salt away, To salt down, to prepare with, or pack in,
salt for preserving, as meat, eggs, etc.; hence,
colloquially, to save, lay up, or invest sagely, as money.


Salt, v. i.
To deposit salt as a saline solution; as, the brine begins to
salt.


Salt, n. [L. saltus, fr. salire to leap.]
The act of leaping or jumping; a leap. [Obs.] --B. Jonson.

Synonyms: brackish, briny, common salt, saliferous, saline, salinity, saltiness, saltish, salty, sharp, Strategic Arms Limitation Talks, table salt

Antonyms: fresh

See Also: acetate, acrylate, alkali, ammonium chloride, arsenate, benzoate, bichromate, bile salt, borate, borosilicate, calcium carbonate, calcium chloride, calcium lactate, calcium octadecanoate, calcium stearate, calcium sulfate, calcium sulphate, carbamate, carbonate, chemical compound, chlorate, chromate, chrome alum, compound, cream of tartar, cyanide, dibasic salt, dichromate, diplomacy, diplomatic negotiations, double salt, ethanoate, ferricyanide, ferrocyanide, flavor, flavorer, flavoring, flavour, flavourer, flavouring, fluoroboride, fluosilicate, fulminate, Glauber's salt, Glauber's salts, glutamate, gustatory perception, gustatory sensation, halide, hypochlorite, inorganic phosphate, isocyanate, keep, manganate, microcosmic salt, orthophosphate, oxalacetate, oxalate, oxaloacetate, perchlorate, permanganate, phosphate, polyphosphate, potassium bromide, potassium carbonate, potassium chlorate, potassium dichromate, potassium hydrogen tartrate, preserve, propenoate, pyrophosphate, sal ammoniac, sal soda, salicylate, season, seasoner, seasoning, silicate, soda, soda ash, sodium bichromate, sodium carbonate, sodium chlorate, sodium dichromate, sulfonate, tartar, tartrate, taste, taste perception, taste sensation, tasteful, washing soda

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