Idioms

Origin of salt

1
before 900; (noun and adj.) Middle English; Old English sealt; cognate with German Salz, Old Norse, Gothic salt; akin to Latin sāl, Greek háls (see halo-); (v.) Middle English salten, Old English s(e)altan; compare Old High German salzan, Old Norse salta, Dutch zouten; see salary

SYNONYMS FOR salt

8 See sailor.

Related forms

salt·like, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for worth one's salt (1 of 2)

SALT

/ (sɔːlt) /

n acronym for

Strategic Arms Limitation Talks or Treaty

British Dictionary definitions for worth one's salt (2 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

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
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Medicine definitions for worth one's 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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Science definitions for worth one's 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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Culture definitions for worth one's salt (1 of 2)

worth one's salt

Worth one's salary (a word that comes from the Latin for salt) or wages. From the Roman custom of paying soldiers money to buy salt.


Culture definitions for worth one's salt (2 of 2)

salt

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


Note

Common table salt is sodium chloride.
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Idioms and Phrases with worth one's salt

salt

In addition to the idioms beginning with salt

  • salt away
  • salt of the earth, the

also see:

  • back to the salt mines
  • with a grain of salt

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