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  Dictionary Definition of salt

1. a crystalline compound, sodium chloride, NaC1, occurring as a mineral, a constituent of sea water, etc., and used for seasoning food, as a preservative, etc.
2. Chemistry a compound which upon dissociation yields cations (positively charged), and anions (negatively charged).
3. ( plural ) any of various salts used as purgatives: Epsom salts.
4. ® saltcellar.
5. ® salt marsh.
6. that which gives liveliness, piquancy, or pungency to anything.
7. wit; pungency.
8. Colloquial a sailor, especially an experienced one: old salt.
-- verb (t)
9. to season with salt.
10. to cure, preserve, or treat with salt.
11. to furnish with salt: to salt cattle.
12. Chemistry a. to treat with common salt or with any chemical salt. b. Also, salt out. to add common salt to (a solution) in order to separate a dissolved substance.
13. to introduce rich ore or other valuable matter, information, etc., to create a false impression of value: to salt a mine, a sample, etc.
-- adjective
14. containing salt; having the taste of salt: salt water.
15. cured or preserved with salt: salt cod.
16. overflowed with or growing in salt water: salt marsh.
17. pungent or sharp: salt speech.
-- phrase
18. below the salt, of an inferior status.
19. go through like a dose of salts or go through like a packet of salts, Colloquial a. to have the same effect as a purgative. b. to make a brief visit causing great disturbance.
20. rub salt into the wound, to make things worse; add insult to injury.
21. salt away ; salt down, a. to preserve by adding quantities of salt. b. Colloquial to lay or store away in reserve: to salt a lot of money away.
22. salt of the earth, the best kind of people.
23. take with a grain of salt, to believe with reservations.
24. worth one's salt, capable; efficient; deserving one's pay.
[ME; OE sealt, c. G Salz, Icel. and Goth. salt; akin to Greek háls, L sal ]
-- saltlike, adjective
noun Strategic Arms Limitation Talks, a series of negotiations between the US and the Soviet Union, resulting in two treaties, SALT I (1972) and SALT II (1979), neither of which affected nuclear weapons.