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Meaning of “salt” in the English Dictionary

"salt" in British English

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saltnoun

uk   /sɒlt/  us   /sɑːlt/
  • salt noun (FOOD)

A1 [U] a ​commonwhitesubstancefound in ​seawater and in the ​ground, used ​especially to ​addflavour to ​food or to ​preserve it: salt and ​pepper Can you ​pass the salt, ​please? Add a ​pinch of (= ​smallamount of) salt to the ​sauce.

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  • salt noun (CHEMICAL)

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

saltadjective [before noun]

uk   /sɒlt/  us   /sɑːlt/

saltverb [T]

uk   /sɒlt/  us   /sɑːlt/

SALTnoun [U]

uk   /sɒlt/  us   /sɑːlt/
abbreviation for Strategic Arms Limitation Talks: a ​series of ​discussions between the US and the USSR that took ​place from 1969 to 1979 and ​aimed to ​limit the ​number of ​nuclearweapons
(Definition of salt from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"salt" in American English

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saltnoun

 us   /sɔlt/
  • salt noun (FOOD)

[U] a ​common, ​whitesubstance, ​found in ​seawater and in the ​ground, used to ​addflavor to ​food or to ​preserve it: a ​grain of salt Please ​pass the salt and ​pepper. Add a ​pinch of salt (= ​smallamount of it).
  • salt noun (CHEMICAL)

[C] chemistry a ​chemicalsubstance made with an ​acid [C] chemistry Salt is used to ​meltice on ​roads and ​sidewalks in the ​winter.

saltverb [T]

 us   /sɔlt/
  • salt verb [T] (ADD SALT TO FOOD)

to ​add salt to ​food: She salted and peppered her ​stew.
  • salt verb [T] (PUT SALT ON ROADS)

to put salt on ​roads and ​sidewalks in the ​winter: Work ​crews were ​busyplowing and salting ​roads.
Phrasal verbs

saltadjective [not gradable]

 us   /sɔlt/
containing or tasting of salt, or ​preserved with salt: a salt ​pond/​lake salt ​pork/​cod
(Definition of salt from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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