salt Definition

  • 1a white crystalline substance that gives seawater its characteristic taste and is used for seasoning or preserving food
  • 2a chemical compound formed from the reaction of an acid with a base, used to neutralize or reduce acidity

Using salt: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "salt" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    I always add a pinch of salt to my scrambled eggs.

  • Example

    The recipe calls for two teaspoons of salt.

  • Example

    Salt is often used to preserve meat and fish.

  • Example

    Sodium chloride is the chemical name for salt.

salt Synonyms and Antonyms

Synonyms for salt

Phrases with salt

  • an individual or group of people regarded as the finest, most admirable, or trustworthy in society


    The volunteers who helped rebuild the community after the hurricane are the salt of the earth.

  • to be skeptical or doubtful about something


    He tends to exaggerate, so I take everything he says with a grain of salt.

  • rub salt in someone's wounds

    to make someone's pain or disappointment even worse


    Telling her how much fun you had without her was just rubbing salt in her wounds.


Summary: salt in Brief

The term 'salt' [sɔːlt] refers to a white crystalline substance used for seasoning or preserving food and reducing acidity. It is commonly used in cooking, as in 'I always add a pinch of salt to my scrambled eggs.' 'Salt' also appears in phrases like 'salt of the earth,' referring to admirable individuals, and 'take something with a grain of salt,' meaning to be skeptical.

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