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salt water

water containing a large amount of salt.
Origin of salt water
before 1000; Middle English; Old English Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Soaking in salt water first before roasting is pretty common, and it's how you get salted peanuts in the shell.
  • It has been sunk in the sea for many years, subject to the action of salt water.
  • Strain, and pour over cabbage drained from salt water.
  • But late and at length he came up, and spat forth from his mouth the bitter salt water, which ran down in streams from his head.
  • He came to a place where he might land, but with his flesh swollen and streams of salt water gushing from his mouth and nostrils.
  • If through high living he grew too fat, he was obliged to reduce himself by drinking salt water.
  • Boil these in salt water with a little lemon juice until tender.
  • Sheets of salt water were torn loose by the plunging and driving of the bow.
  • Dredging activities could breach the aquifer, allowing salt water to seep in, thus contaminating the drinking water.
  • He began at the bottom, as an iron caster, gulping salt water to retain body fluids in the furnacelike conditions.
Word Origin and History for salt water

Old English sealtera watera. As an adjective from 1520s. Salt-water taffy attested by 1886; so called because it originally was sold at seashore resorts, especially Atlantic City, N.J. (see taffy).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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