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English adjective: salt

1. salt (of speech) painful or bitter

SamplesSalt scorn.
A salt apology.



English noun: salt

1. salt (substance) a compound formed by replacing hydrogen in an acid by a metal (or a radical that acts like a metal)

Broader (hypernym)chemical compound, compound

Narrower (hyponym)acetate, acrylate, alkali, ammonium chloride, arsenate, benzoate, bichromate, bile salt, borate, borosilicate, calcium chloride, calcium lactate, calcium octadecanoate, calcium stearate, calcium sulfate, calcium sulphate, carbamate, carbonate, chlorate, chromate, chrome alum, citrate, cream of tartar, cyanide, dibasic salt, dichromate, double salt, ethanoate, ferricyanide, ferrocyanide, fluoroboride, fluosilicate, fulminate, Glauber's salt, Glauber's salts, glutamate, halide, hypochlorite, inorganic phosphate, isocyanate, lactate, manganate, microcosmic salt, orthophosphate, oxalacetate, oxalate, oxaloacetate, perchlorate, permanganate, phosphate, polyphosphate, potassium bitartrate, potassium bromide, potassium chlorate, potassium dichromate, potassium hydrogen tartrate, propenoate, pyrophosphate, sal ammoniac, sal soda, salicylate, silicate, soda, soda ash, sodium bichromate, sodium carbonate, sodium carboxymethyl cellulose, sodium chlorate, sodium dichromate, sodium fluoride, sulfate, sulfonate, sulphate, tartar, tartrate, thiocyanate, tungstate, urate, vanadate, washing soda, xanthate

2. salt (food) white crystalline form of especially sodium chloride used to season and preserve food

Synonymscommon salt, table salt

Broader (hypernym)flavorer, flavoring, flavourer, flavouring, seasoner, seasoning

3. SALT (communication) negotiations between the United States and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics opened in 1969 in Helsinki designed to limit both countries' stock of nuclear weapons

SynonymsStrategic Arms Limitation Talks

Instance hypernymdiplomacy, diplomatic negotiations

4. salt (cognition) the taste experience when common salt is taken into the mouth

Synonymssalinity, saltiness

Broader (hypernym)gustatory perception, gustatory sensation, taste, taste perception, taste sensation

English verb: salt

1. salt (perception) add salt to

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)flavor, flavour, season

Domain categorycookery, cooking, preparation

2. salt (contact) sprinkle as if with salt

SamplesThe rebels had salted the fields with mines and traps.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody PP.
Somebody ----s something PP.
Somebody ----s something with something

Broader (hypernym)splash, splosh, sprinkle

3. salt (change) add zest or liveliness to

SamplesShe salts her lectures with jokes.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)spice, spice up

4. salt (change) preserve with salt

SamplesPeople used to salt meats on ships.

ExamplesThe chefs salt the vegetables

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)keep, preserve

Domain categorycookery, cooking, preparation

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