verb (used with object)
- Also salt down.to preserve by adding quantities of salt to, as meat.
- Informal.to keep in reserve; store away; save: to salt away most of one's earnings.
Origin of salt1
Synonyms for salt
Origin of salt2
Related Words for saltflavoring, spice, zest, taste, alkali, savor, brine, flavor, condiment, relish
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Contemporary Examples of salt
Place the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt on parchment or wax paper.Make ‘The Chew’s’ Carla Hall’s Sticky Toffee Pudding
December 28, 2014
Whisk in the half and half and season to taste with salt and pepper.
Bring a large pot of water to a boil and season liberally with salt.
Remove from heat and stir in the walnuts, rum, powdered sugar, and salt until fully incorporated.Carla Hall’s Christmas Day Treat: Rum Balls
December 25, 2014
Rub the loin with olive oil, and season with salt and pepper.Make Carla Hall’s Roasted Pork Loin With Cranberries
December 24, 2014
Historical Examples of salt
The immense pools in the Phillips were as salt as sea water.
It flowed out into a large flat, and finally runs into a salt lake.
As our horses would not drink it, it can be imagined how salt it was.
A salt lake was visible a few miles to the east, towards which we proceeded.
And they submitted to this without a murmur; but all sighed for salt!A Sketch of the Life of Brig. Gen. Francis Marion
William Dobein James
Word Origin for salt
n acronym for
Old English sealt "salt" (n.; also as an adjective, "salty, briny"), from Proto-Germanic *saltom (cf. Old Saxon, Old Norse, Old Frisian, Gothic salt, Dutch zout, German Salz), from PIE *sal- "salt" (cf. Greek hals "salt, sea," Latin sal, Old Church Slavonic soli, Old Irish salann, Welsh halen "salt").
Modern chemistry sense is from 1790. Meaning "experienced sailor" is first attested 1840, in reference to the salinity of the sea. Salt was long regarded as having power to repel spiritual and magical evil. Many metaphoric uses reflect that this was once a rare and important resource, e.g. worth one's salt (1830), salt of the earth (Old English, after Matt. v:13). Belief that spilling salt brings bad luck is attested from 16c. To be above (or below) the salt (1590s) refers to customs of seating at a long table according to rank or honor, and placing a large salt-cellar in the middle of the dining table.
Salt-lick first recorded 1751; salt-marsh is Old English sealtne mersc; salt-shaker is from 1882. Salt-and-pepper "of dark and light color" first recorded 1915. To take something with a grain of salt is from 1640s, from Modern Latin cum grano salis.
Cold War U.S.-U.S.S.R. nuclear weapons negotiations, 1968, acronym for Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (which would make SALT talks redundant, but the last element sometimes also is understood as treaty).
Old English sealtan, from Proto-Germanic *salto- (see salt (n.)), and in part from the noun. Related: Salted; salting.
In addition to the idioms beginning with salt
- salt away
- salt of the earth, the
- back to the salt mines
- with a grain of salt