salt ( salts plural & 3rd person present) ( salting present participle) ( salted past tense & past participle )
1 n-uncount Salt is a strong-tasting substance, in the form of white powder or crystals, which is used to improve the flavour of food or to preserve it. Salt occurs naturally in sea water.
Season lightly with salt and pepper., ...a pinch of salt.
2 verb When you salt food, you add salt to it.
Salt the stock to your taste and leave it simmering very gently. V n
salted adj usu ADJ n
Put a pan of salted water on to boil.
3 n-count Salts are substances that are formed when an acid reacts with an alkali.
The rock is rich in mineral salts.
5 If you take something with a pinch of salt, you do not believe that it is completely accurate or true.
take sthg with a pinch of salt phrase V inflects
The more miraculous parts of this account should be taken with a pinch of salt.
6 If you say, for example, that any doctor worth his or her salt would do something, you mean that any doctor who was good at his or her job or who deserved respect would do it.
worth one's salt phrase n PHR
Any coach worth his salt would do exactly as I did.
7 If someone or something rubs salt into the wound, they make the unpleasant situation that you are in even worse, often by reminding you of your failures or faults.
rub salt into the wound phrase V and wound inflect
I had no intention of rubbing salt into a friend's wounds, so all I said was that I did not give interviews.
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