salter

Salt \Salt\, a. [Compar. {Salter}; superl. {Saltest}.] [AS. sealt, salt. See {Salt}, n.] 1. Of or relating to salt; abounding in, or containing, salt; prepared or preserved with, or tasting of, salt; salted; as, salt beef; salt water. ``Salt tears.'' --Chaucer. [1913 Webster] 2. Overflowed with, or growing in, salt water; as, a salt marsh; salt grass. [1913 Webster] 3. Fig.: Bitter; sharp; pungent. [1913 Webster] I have a salt and sorry rheum offends me. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 4. Fig.: Salacious; lecherous; lustful. --Shak. [1913 Webster] [1913 Webster] {Salt acid} (Chem.), hydrochloric acid. {Salt block}, an apparatus for evaporating brine; a salt factory. --Knight. {Salt bottom}, a flat piece of ground covered with saline efflorescences. [Western U.S.] --Bartlett. {Salt cake} (Chem.), the white caked mass, consisting of sodium sulphate, which is obtained as the product of the first stage in the manufacture of soda, according to Leblanc's process. {Salt fish}. (a) Salted fish, especially cod, haddock, and similar fishes that have been salted and dried for food. (b) A marine fish. {Salt garden}, an arrangement for the natural evaporation of sea water for the production of salt, employing large shallow basins excavated near the seashore. {Salt gauge}, an instrument used to test the strength of brine; a salimeter. {Salt horse}, salted beef. [Slang] {Salt junk}, hard salt beef for use at sea. [Slang] {Salt lick}. See {Lick}, n. {Salt marsh}, grass land subject to the overflow of salt water. {Salt-marsh caterpillar} (Zo["o]l.), an American bombycid moth ({Spilosoma acr[ae]a} which is very destructive to the salt-marsh grasses and to other crops. Called also {woolly bear}. See Illust. under {Moth}, {Pupa}, and {Woolly bear}, under {Woolly}. {Salt-marsh fleabane} (Bot.), a strong-scented composite herb ({Pluchea camphorata}) with rayless purplish heads, growing in salt marshes. {Salt-marsh hen} (Zo["o]l.), the clapper rail. See under {Rail}. {Salt-marsh terrapin} (Zo["o]l.), the diamond-back. {Salt mine}, a mine where rock salt is obtained. {Salt pan}. (a) A large pan used for making salt by evaporation; also, a shallow basin in the ground where salt water is evaporated by the heat of the sun. (b) pl. Salt works. {Salt pit}, a pit where salt is obtained or made. {Salt rising}, a kind of yeast in which common salt is a principal ingredient. [U.S.] {Salt raker}, one who collects salt in natural salt ponds, or inclosures from the sea. {Salt sedative} (Chem.), boracic acid. [Obs.] {Salt spring}, a spring of salt water. {Salt tree} (Bot.), a small leguminous tree ({Halimodendron argenteum}) growing in the salt plains of the Caspian region and in Siberia. {Salt water}, water impregnated with salt, as that of the ocean and of certain seas and lakes; sometimes, also, tears. [1913 Webster] Mine eyes are full of tears, I can not see; And yet salt water blinds them not so much But they can see a sort of traitors here. --Shak. [1913 Webster] {Salt-water sailor}, an ocean mariner. {Salt-water tailor}. (Zo["o]l.) See {Bluefish}. [1913 Webster]