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salt

noun uk   /sɒlt/ us    /sɑːlt/

salt noun (FOOD)

A1 [U] a common white substance found in sea water and in the ground, used especially to add flavour to food or to preserve it: salt and pepper Can you pass the salt please? Add a pinch of (= small amount of) salt to the sauce.
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salt noun (CHEMICAL)

[C] specialized chemistry a chemical substance that is a combination of a metal or a base with an acid: Potassium nitrate and potassium chloride are potassium salts.

salt

adjective [before noun] uk   /sɒlt/ us    /sɑːlt/
containing or preserved in salt: salt water salt beef/pork

salt

verb [T] uk   /sɒlt/ us    /sɑːlt/
to add salt to or put salt on something: Don't forget to salt the potatoes. When it's icy, the city salts the roads to thaw the ice.
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Translations of “salt”
in Korean 소금…
in Arabic مَلْح…
in French sel, (vieux) loup de mer…
in Turkish tuz…
in Italian sale…
in Chinese (Traditional) 食品, 鹽,食鹽…
in Russian соль…
in Polish sól…
in Spanish sal, (viejo) lobo de mar…
in Portuguese sal…
in German das Salz, der Seebär…
in Catalan sal…
in Japanese 塩…
in Chinese (Simplified) 食品, 盐,食盐…
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