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(1)   (of speech) painful or bitter
"Salt scorn"- Shakespeare
"A salt apology"
(2)   One of the four basic taste sensations; like the taste of sea water


(3)   The taste experience when common salt is taken into the mouth
(4)   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
(5)   White crystalline form of especially sodium chloride used to season and preserve food
(6)   A compound formed by replacing hydrogen in an acid by a metal (or a radical that acts like a metal)


(7)   Preserve with salt
"People used to salt meats on ships"
(8)   Add zest or liveliness to
"She salts her lectures with jokes"
(9)   Sprinkle as if with salt
"The rebels had salted the fields with mines and traps"
(10)   Add salt to


, from , from . Cognate with Dutch , German , Swedish ; and with Ancient Greek , Latin , Welsh , Russian .


  1. A common substance, chemically consisting mainly of sodium chloride (NaCl), used extensively as a condiment and preservative.
  2. One of the compounds formed from the reaction of an acid with a base, where a positive ion replaces a hydrogen of the acid.
  3. A kind of marsh at the shore of a sea (short for salt marsh, apparently not in a wide-spread use).
  4. A sailor (also old salt).
  5. Additional bytes inserted into a plaintext message before encryption, in order to increase randomness and render brute-force decryption more difficult.
  6. A person that engages in the political act of seeking employment at a company in order to help unionize it. IWW article PoliticalAffairs article


  1. To add salt to.
  2. To blast gold into (as a portion of a mine) in order to cause to appear to be a productive seam.
  3. To add filler bytes before encrypting, in order to make brute-force decryption more resource-intensive.
  4. To include colorful language in.
  5. To insert or inject something into an object to give it properties it would not naturally have.
  6. To add bogus evidence to an archeological site.