There are 2 main translations of salt in Spanish:

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salt

American English: /sɔlt/
British English: /sɔːlt/
, /sɒlt/

noun

  • 1 1.1 uncountable (Cookery) pass the salt, please
    pásame la sal, por favor
    have you put salt on the meat?
    ¿le has puesto or echado sal a la carne?
    the salt of the earth (to be) worth one's saltany teacher worth her salt
    toda maestra que se precie de tal
    toda maestra digna de ese nombre
    to rub salt into the wound(s) to take something with a pinch o grain of salt
    no creerse algo al pie de la letra
    I should take anything he says with a pinch of salt
    no se puede creer lo que él dice al pie de la letra
    todo lo que él diga hay que tomarlo con pinzas (Southern Cone)
    Example sentences
    • Add the braised chicken and season to taste with salt and pepper sauce.
    • Add white soy sauce and milk, season with salt and pepper to taste and bring to a simmer.
    • Lay the marinated turkey strips on the grill and season with salt and pepper to taste.
    1.2 uncountable (interest, zest) 1.3 countable (Chemistry)
    Example sentences
    • Amides are hydrolysed to ammonium salts with catalysis by acids or alkalis.
    • In some such compounds, the hydrogen atom in the carboxyl group is neutralized by reaction with a base, to form the metal salt of the fatty acid.
    • Sulfates are salts or esters of sulfuric acid, H 2 SO 4.
  • 2
    also: salts plural
    2.1
    also: smelling salts
    sales (feminine plural) (aromáticas)
    2.2 (laxative)
    sulfato (masculine) de magnesia
    Epsom salts
    sal (feminine) de Epsom
  • 3 countable (sailor) [colloquial]an old salt
    un (viejo) lobo de mar
    Example sentences
    • I guess that brings us back to the beginning - that there is no easy route or short answer to bridge the generation gap between our sharp young Sailors and old salts like me.
    • I used to jump off the boat to release the pots, but an old salt gave me a tip.
    • The jewel of the crew, known as Redman for obvious reasons, was an old salt with Navy SEAL experience, and had coffee and a ‘good morning ‘brewing at 5 a.m. daily.’

transitive verb

  • 1.1 (put salt on)
    (vegetables/meat)
    ponerle or echarle sal a
    (road)
    echar sal en
    1.2
    also: salted past participle
    salted butter
    mantequilla (feminine) salada or con sal
    1.3 (cure)
    (pork/herring)
    (cabbage)
    curar con sal
    1.4 (enliven) (often passive)
    (conversation/speech)
    Example sentences
    • I'm not sure whether satire shouldn't get its own category; but then, most great political works are salted with satire.
    • His work is salted with slogans and phrases in capital letters.
    • The speech was liberally salted with the standard Lathamite insults from Werriwa College of Invective.
    Example sentences
    • In the past, we ate far more salted and preserved foods; today, with the advent of fridges, we eat more fresh food.
    • The standard accompaniment to salted beef or pork was either mustard or a similar condiment made from the seeds of the rocket plant, Eruca sativa.
    • Their menu varies from the noodle section to the usual rice dishes, offering Laksa Singapore to salted fish and fried rice.
    Example sentences
    • The city seems to wait a week to see if the ice will melt before salting the roads.
    • However, these stretches of road are thoroughly salted to clear the snow and make them safe for road users.
    • The reason we gritted yesterday afternoon is that it is better to salt the roads before the snow falls.

adjective

  • 1.1 (salted) (before noun)
    (butter)
    (meat/cod)
    en salazón
    1.2 (saline) (before noun)
    (pond/lake)
    de agua salada
    1.3
    (air)
    (taste)
    a sal
    Example sentences
    • Mediaeval monks were aware of the benefits of salt mud and concentrated sea water and used them to treat rheumatism, dropsy and obesity.
    • My doctor has ordered me to take the salt air at Brighton for a few days.
    • Pamela waited, breathing in the salt air, gazing up at the brilliance above.

Phrasal verbs

salt away

verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object
[colloquial]
(money/profits)
he must have a few thousand salted away somewhere
debe tener unos cuantos miles guardaditos or metiditos en algún lado [colloquial]

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SALT
American English: /sɔlt/
British English: /sɔːlt/
, /sɒlt/

noun

uncountable
  • Strategic Arms Limitations Talks
    SALT (feminine plural)

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