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Definition of "salt" []

  • A colorless or white crystalline solid, chiefly sodium chloride, used extensively in ground or granulated form as a food seasoning and preservative. Also called common salt, table salt. (noun)
  • A chemical compound formed by replacing all or part of the hydrogen ions of an acid with metal ions or electropositive radicals. (noun)
  • Any of various mineral salts used as laxatives or cathartics. (noun)
  • Smelling salts. (noun)
  • Epsom salts. Often used in the plural. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "salt" in a sentence
  • "Put it into a pail having a close-fitting cover and pack in pounded ice and salt, -- _rock salt_, not the common kind, -- about three-fourths ice and one-forth salt."
  • "III. iv.51 (459,7) salt and sullen rheum] -- _salt and_ sorry rheum] The old quarto has,"
  • "In those days the economy was booming, for these people traded in salt from the flats of Sayula and, more importantly, they were situated right next to the third largest obsidian deposits in the world."