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definition of the word salt

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Old English sealt, from Germanic, from Proto-Indo-European. Cognate with Dutch zout, German Salz, Swedish salt; and with Ancient Greek ἅλς, Latin sal, Welsh halen, Russian соль.

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Singular
salt

Plural
salts

salt (plural salts)

salt crystals
  1. A common substance, chemically consisting mainly of sodium chloride (NaCl), used extensively as a condiment and preservative.
  2. (chemistry) 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. (slang) A sailor (also old salt).
  5. (cryptography) 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

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