salt water


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salt′ wa′ter


n.
1. water containing a large amount of salt.
2. seawater.
[before 1000]

salt•wa•ter

(ˈsɔltˌwɔ tər, -ˌwɒt ər)

adj.
1. of or pertaining to salt water.
2. inhabiting salt water: a saltwater fish.
[1520–30]
References in classic literature ?
The boat was swung on a precipitous mountain of salt water and as quickly capsized.
"And for myself," said Manicamp, "even were I to succeed in reaching the ships, I should not be indifferent to the loss of the only good dress which I have left, -- salt water would spoil it."
"It seems you are not afraid of salt water, young gentlemen."
Did she go quickly from under the men's feet, or did she resist to the end, letting the sea batter her to pieces, start her butts, wrench her frame, load her with an increasing weight of salt water, and, dismasted, unmanageable, rolling heavily, her boats gone, her decks swept, had she wearied her men half to death with the unceasing labour at the pumps before she sank with them like a stone?
I remembered my skiff, lying idle and accumulating barnacles at the boat-wharf; I remembered the wind that blew every day on the bay, the sunrises and sunsets I never saw; the bite of the salt air in my nostrils, the bite of the salt water on my flesh when I plunged overside; I remembered all the beauty and the wonder and the sense-delights of the world denied me.
This is a great lake of salt water, laving the feet of the mountains, but extending far to the west-southwest, into one of those vast and elevated plateaus of land, which range high above the level of the Pacific.
That a body of salt water should exist at such a height is cited as a singular phenomenon by Captain Bonneville, though the salt lake of Mexico is not much inferior in elevation.
And at seven years he was stolen by the bushmen, who cannot even swim and who are afraid of salt water. Thereafter Mauki saw the sea only from a distance, through rifts in the jungle and from open spaces on the high mountain sides.
Upon drawing it up, to my surprise, I found a considerable number of beetles in it, and although in the open sea, they did not appear much injured by the salt water. I lost some of the specimens, but those which I preserved belonged to the genera Colymbetes, Hydroporus, Hydrobius (two species), Notaphus, Cynucus, Adimonia, and Scarabaeus.
Byron, in his voyage says he saw them drinking salt water. Some of our officers likewise saw a herd apparently drinking the briny fluid from a salina near Cape Blanco.
Nose drops and gargling salt water were shown to reduce the average length of the virus by up to two days in a study.
No one knows how the mammoth alterations to Newark Bay have affected the natural dance of fresh water and salt water, nor how any changes in these flow patterns may have affected the local ecosystem.