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salt water

water containing a large amount of salt.
Origin of salt water
before 1000; Middle English; Old English Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • They are cousins to the mermaids, that swim in the salt water.

    Welsh Fairy Tales William Elliott Griffis
  • Aluminum is not advisable for fittings when the boat is to be sailed in salt water.

    Boys' Book of Model Boats Raymond Francis Yates
  • Every fluid of the body is salty, and every cell of the body is bathed in salt water.

    The Meaning of Evolution Samuel Christian Schmucker
  • Father loved to look at salt water by sunlight or moonlight—or no light.

    Galusha the Magnificent Joseph C. Lincoln
  • I think it must be in our blood, this being able to keep well and happy on salt water.

    Galusha the Magnificent Joseph C. Lincoln
  • His garments were soaked, and the salt water dripped from his shoulders to the sand.

    The Woman-Haters Joseph C. Lincoln
  • When I'm on salt water I'm a man—you don't believe it, but I am.

    The Woman-Haters Joseph C. Lincoln
  • It was the general opinion that it was no craft for salt water.

    The Rise of Roscoe Paine Joseph C. Lincoln
Word Origin and History for salt water

Old English sealtera watera. As an adjective from 1520s. Salt-water taffy attested by 1886; so called because it originally was sold at seashore resorts, especially Atlantic City, N.J. (see taffy).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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