What is salt?

  • (noun): A compound formed by replacing hydrogen in an acid by a metal (or a radical that acts like a metal).
    See also — Additional definitions below

Salt

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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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 ... The 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 ...
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) ...
Bill Griffiths - Selected Bibliography
... Poems (1966 – 80), Reality Street, Sussex 2010 William Rowe (Ed.), The Salt Companion to Bill Griffiths (Salt Publishing, 2007) The Mud Fort, Salt Publishing ...
Evan Whitfield - Player - Professional
2004, the Fire traded Whitfield and Dipsy Selolwane to the expansion Real Salt Lake in exchange for Salt Lake's 2005 third round and 2006 second ... He played five games for Salt Lake before being released mid-season ...
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 ...

More definitions of "salt":

  • (verb): Sprinkle as if with salt.
    Example: "The rebels had salted the fields with mines and traps"
  • (adj): Of speech that is painful or bitter.
    Example: "Salt scorn"- Shakespeare; "a salt apology"
  • (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 zest or liveliness to.
    Example: "She salts her lectures with jokes"
  • (noun): White crystalline form of especially sodium chloride used to season and preserve food.
    Synonyms: table salt, common salt
  • (adj): Containing or filled with salt.
    Example: "Salt water"
  • (verb): Add salt to.
  • (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"
  • (noun): The taste experience when salt is taken into the mouth.
    Synonyms: saltiness, salinity

Famous quotes containing the word salt:

    ... the darkness,
    Inviting to this house
    Air from a field, air from a salt grave ...
    Philip Larkin (1922–1986)

    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)

    A peasant becomes fond of his pig and is glad to salt away its pork. What is significant, and is so difficult for the urban stranger to understand, is that the two statements are connected by an and and not by a but.
    John Berger (b. 1926)