A common substance, chemically consisting mainly of sodium chloride (NaCl), used extensively as a condiment and preservative.
* c. 1430' (reprinted '''1888 ), Thomas Austin, ed., ''Two Fifteenth-century Cookery-books. Harleian ms. 279 (ab. 1430), & Harl. ms. 4016 (ab. 1450), with Extracts from Ashmole ms. 1429, Laud ms. 553, & Douce ms. 55 [Early English Text Society, Original Series; 91], London:
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(chemistry) One of the compounds formed from the reaction of an acid with a base, where a positive ion replaces a hydrogen of the acid.
(uncommon) A salt marsh, a saline marsh at the shore of a sea.
(slang) A sailor .
* 1850 , Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Scarlet Letter
- Soupes dorye. — Take gode almaunde mylke
* 1851 , Herman Melville, Moby-Dick ,
- Around the door are generally to be seen, laughing and gossiping, clusters of old salts .
(cryptography) Randomly]] chosen bytes added to a plaintext message prior to encrypting it, in order to render [[brute force, brute-force decryption more difficult.
A person who seeks employment at a company in order to (once employed by it) help unionize it.
(obsolete) flavour; taste; seasoning
- I never go as a passenger; nor, though I am something of a salt , do I ever go to sea as a Commodore, or a Captain, or a Cook.
(obsolete) piquancy; wit; sense
- Though we are justices and doctors and churchmen we have some salt of our youth in us.
(obsolete) A dish for salt at table; a salt cellar.
* Samuel Pepys
- Attic salt
(figurative) That which preserves from corruption or error, or purifies; a corrective; an antiseptic; also, an allowance or deduction.
- I out and bought some things; among others, a dozen of silver salts .
* Bible, Matthew v. 13
- His statements must be taken with a grain of salt .
- Ye are the salt of the earth.
* chicken salt
* Epsom salt
* pinch of salt
* rock salt
* rub salt in the wound / rub salt in a wound
* salt and pepper
* salt lake
* Salt Lake City
* salt marsh
* salt of the earth
* salt sea
* sea salt
* table salt
* take with a pinch of salt
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(figurative, obsolete) Bitter; sharp; pungent.
* (William Shakespeare)
(figurative, obsolete) Salacious; lecherous; lustful.
- I have a salt and sorry rheum offends me.
To add salt to.
To deposit salt as a saline solution.
- to salt fish, beef, or pork
(mining) To blast gold into (as a portion of a mine) in order to cause to appear to be a productive seam.
(cryptography) To add filler bytes before encrypting, in order to make brute-force decryption more resource-intensive.
To include colorful language in.
To insert or inject something into an object to give it properties it would not naturally have.
(archaeology) To add bogus evidence to an archeological site.
To fill with salt between the timbers and planks, as a ship, for the preservation of the timber.
- The brine begins to salt .
* (add salt) desalt
* salt away