What is salt?

  • (noun): White crystalline form of especially sodium chloride used to season and preserve food.
    Synonyms: table salt, common salt
    See also — Additional definitions below


Salt, also known as table salt or rock salt (halite), is a crystalline mineral that is composed primarily of sodium chloride (NaCl), a chemical compound belonging to the larger class of ionic salts. It is absolutely essential for animal life, but can be harmful to animals and plants in excess. Salt is one of the oldest, most ubiquitous food seasonings and salting is an important method of food preservation. The taste of salt (saltiness) is one of the basic human tastes.

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Some articles on salt:

Smoked Salmon - Production - Brining Salmon
... Wet brining Brining in a solution containing water, salt, sugar, spices, with (or without) sodium nitrite for a number of days ... used in Europe, in which salmon fillets are covered with a mix of salt and sugar ... proteins in the fish are modified (denatured) by the salt, which enables the flesh of the salmon to hold moisture better than it would if not brined ...
Evan Whitfield - Player - Professional
... Fire traded Whitfield and Dipsy Selolwane to the expansion Real Salt Lake in exchange for Salt Lake's 2005 third round and 2006 second round draft picks ... He played five games for Salt Lake before being released mid-season ...
Sea Salt
... Sea salt, salt obtained by the evaporation of seawater, is used in cooking and cosmetics ... It is also called bay salt or solar salt ... Generally more expensive than table salt, it is commonly used in gourmet cooking and specialty potato chips, particularly the kettle cooked variety (known as hand-cooked in the UK/Europe) ...
Sea Salt - Historical Production
... Mineral salt has long been mined wherever it was available the salt mines of Hallstatt go back at least to the Iron Age ... However, there are many places where mineral salt is not present, and the alternative coastal source has also been exploited for thousands of years ... For this reason, modern sea salt production is almost entirely found in Mediterranean and other warm, dry climates ...
Bill Griffiths - Selected Bibliography
80), Reality Street, Sussex 2010 William Rowe (Ed.), The Salt Companion to Bill Griffiths (Salt Publishing, 2007) The Mud Fort, Salt Publishing, 2004 Durham ...

More definitions of "salt":

  • (adj): One of the four basic taste sensations; like the taste of sea water.
    Synonyms: salty
  • (verb): Preserve with salt.
    Example: "People used to salt meats on ships"
  • (adj): Of speech that is painful or bitter.
    Example: "Salt scorn"- Shakespeare; "a salt apology"
  • (adj): Containing or filled with salt.
    Example: "Salt water"
  • (verb): Add zest or liveliness to.
    Example: "She salts her lectures with jokes"
  • (noun): The taste experience when salt is taken into the mouth.
    Synonyms: saltiness, salinity
  • (noun): 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.
    Synonyms: Strategic Arms Limitation Talks
  • (verb): Add salt to.
  • (verb): Sprinkle as if with salt.
    Example: "The rebels had salted the fields with mines and traps"
  • (noun): A compound formed by replacing hydrogen in an acid by a metal (or a radical that acts like a metal).

Famous quotes containing the word salt:

    Come, dear children, let us away;
    Down and away below!
    Now my brothers call from the bay,
    Now the great winds shoreward blow,
    Now the salt tides seaward flow;
    Now the wild white horses play,
    Champ and chafe and toss in the spray.
    Matthew Arnold (1822–1888)

    The indispensable ingredient of any game worth its salt is that the children themselves play it and, if not its sole authors, share in its creation. Watching TV’s ersatz battles is not the same thing at all. Children act out their emotions, they don’t talk them out and they don’t watch them out. Their imagination and their muscles need each other.
    Leontine Young (20th century)

    Well, I know you haven’t had much experience writing and none at all in pictures. But I’ve heard about you. It all sounded like you’re just the man I wanted for a story about the Navy. I don’t want a story just about ships and planes. I want a story about the officers.... I want this story from a pen dipped in salt water not dry martinis. Do you know what I mean?
    Frank Fenton, William Wister Haines, co-scenarist, and John Ford. John Dodge (Ward Bond)