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salt

salt

 
pronunciation:
sawlt
parts of speech:
noun, transitive verb, adjective
phrases:
with a grain of salt, worth one's salt
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: the white or colorless solid compound known chemically as sodium chloride and used chiefly for preserving and seasoning foods; a constituent of seawater.
definition 2: a chemical compound made by replacing all or part of the hydrogen of an acid with a base or a metal.
definition 3: (pl.) a mineral salt used as a laxative or other purging treatment.
definition 4: something that adds wit, liveliness, or zest.
definition 5: (informal) an experienced sailor.
phrase: with a grain of salt
phrase: worth one's salt
 
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: salted, salting, salts
definition 1: to cure, preserve, or treat with salt.
definition 2: to sprinkle with salt as a seasoning.
definition 3: to add liveliness to.
He salted the lecture with several hilarious jokes.
 
part of speech: adjective
definition 1: cured or preserved with salt.
salt pork
definition 2: having the taste of or containing salt.
derivations: saltless (adj.), saltlike (adj.)
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  • salty:
    containing a lot of salt.
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