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1. A usually whitish crystalline solid, chiefly sodium chloride, used extensively in ground or granulated form as a food seasoning and preservative. Also called common salt, table salt.
2. An ionic chemical compound formed by replacing all or part of the hydrogen ions of an acid with metal ions or other cations.
3. salts Any of various mineral salts used as laxatives or cathartics.
4. salts Smelling salts.
5. often salts Epsom salts.
6. An element that gives flavor or zest.
7. Sharp lively wit.
8. Informal A sailor, especially when old or experienced.
9. A saltcellar.
1. Containing or filled with salt: a salt spray; salt tears.
2. Having a salty taste or smell: breathed the salt air.
3. Preserved in salt or a salt solution: salt mackerel.
a. Flooded with seawater.
b. Found in or near such a flooded area: salt grasses.
tr.v. salt·ed, salt·ing, salts
1. To add, treat, season, or sprinkle with salt.
2. To cure or preserve by treating with salt or a salt solution.
3. To provide salt for (deer or cattle).
4. To add zest or liveliness to: salt a lecture with anecdotes.
5. To give an appearance of value to by fraudulent means, especially to place valuable minerals in (a mine) for the purpose of deceiving.
Phrasal Verbs:
salt away
To put aside; save.
salt out
To separate (a dissolved substance) by adding salt to the solution.
salt of the earth
1. A person or group considered as embodying simplicity and moral integrity.
2. Archaic A person or group considered the best or most worthy part of society.
worth (one's) salt
Efficient and capable.

[Middle English, from Old English sealt; see sal- in Indo-European roots.]


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(Physical Geography) (often plural) an area of low ground regularly inundated with salt water; often taken to include its halophyte vegetation; a salt marsh
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Noun1.salting - the act of adding salt to foodsalting - the act of adding salt to food  
seasoning - the act of adding a seasoning to food
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It said the Tories "conspired to close the coal industry", adding: "It's wrong to allow the museum to be used by a party clearly determined to keep rubbing salt into the wounds.
And Republicans are only rubbing salt in their wounds by letting corporations keep this deduction on top of the all the tax cuts they already get.
The cut is open and deep and the judges are rubbing salt in it.
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Declan Kidney's men have lost to Warren Gatland's troops in their last two meetings - with Irish fans leaving Cardiff and Wellington with the strains of 'Delilah' rubbing salt into their wounds.
I still have pals at the club and they haven't been shy about rubbing salt into the wounds.