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Idioms for salt

Origin of salt

1
First recorded before 900; (noun and adective) Middle English; Old English sealt; cognate with German Salz, Old Norse, Gothic salt, all from Germanic saltam; akin to Latin sal, Greek háls (see halo-), Slavic (Polish ) sol-, Celtic (Irish ) salann ; (verb) Middle English salten, Old English saltan, sealtan; compare Old High German salzan, Old Norse salta, Dutch zouten; akin to Latin sallere “to sprinkle with salt, salt”; see salary,sauce

synonym study for salt

8. See sailor.

OTHER WORDS FROM salt

saltlike, adjective

Definition for salt (2 of 3)

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[ sawlt ]
/ sɔlt /

adjective Obsolete.

lustful; lecherous.

Origin of salt

2
First recorded in 1515–25; by shortening and alteration of assaut, Middle English a sawt, from Middle French a saut “on the jump,” from a- a-5 + saut “a jump,” from Latin saltus, equivalent to sal(īre) “to jump” + -tus suffix of verbal action

Definition for salt (3 of 3)

SALT
[ sawlt ]
/ sɔlt /

noun

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British Dictionary definitions for salt (1 of 2)

salt
/ (sɔːlt) /

noun

verb (tr)

adjective

not sour, sweet, or bitter; salty
obsolete rank or lascivious (esp in the phrase a salt wit)

Derived forms of salt

saltish, adjectivesaltless, adjectivesaltlike, adjectivesaltness, noun

Word Origin for salt

Old English sealt; related to Old Norse, Gothic salt, German Salz, Lettish sāls, Latin sāl, Greek hals

British Dictionary definitions for salt (2 of 2)

SALT
/ (sɔːlt) /

n acronym for

Strategic Arms Limitation Talks or Treaty
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Medical definitions for salt

salt
[ sôlt ]

n.

A colorless or white crystalline solid, chiefly sodium chloride, used extensively as a food seasoning and preservative.
A chemical compound replacing all or part of the hydrogen ions of an acid with metal ions or electropositive radicals.
salts Any of various mineral salts, such as magnesium sulfate, sodium sulfate, or potassium sodium tartrate, used as laxatives or cathartics.
salts Smelling salts.
salts Epsom salts.
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Scientific definitions for salt

salt
[ sôlt ]

Any of a large class of chemical compounds formed when a positively charged ion (a cation) bonds with a negatively charged ion (an anion), as when a halogen bonds with a metal. Salts are water soluble; when dissolved, the ions are freed from each other, and the electrical conductivity of the water is increased. See more at complex salt double salt simple salt.
A colorless or white crystalline salt in which a sodium atom (the cation) is bonded to a chlorine atom (the anion). This salt is found naturally in all animal fluids, in seawater, and in underground deposits (when it is often called halite). It is used widely as a food seasoning and preservative. Also called common salt, sodium chloride, table salt. Chemical formula: NaCl.
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Cultural definitions for salt

salt

In chemistry, a compound resulting from the combination of an acid and a base, which neutralize each other.

notes for salt

Common table salt is sodium chloride.
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Idioms and Phrases with salt

salt

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