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English definition of “salt”

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.Additives in food and drinks

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.Types of chemicalSpecific chemicals, chemical compounds and gasesSubstances and structures in the body

salt

adjective [before noun] uk   /sɒlt/ us    /sɑːlt/
containing or preserved in salt: salt water salt beef/porkVarious qualities of food

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.Preparing foodPreparing food using heat
Phrasal verbs
(Definition of salt noun, adjective, verb from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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