Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The state or quality of being salt.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The quality or state of being salt, or state of being salt, or impregnated with salt; salt taste.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The property or state of being salt; impregnation with salt: as, the saltness of sea-water or of provisions.

Etymologies

From salt +‎ -ness. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The Arabs take the salt collected by evaporation in these pits for their own use, and that of their flocks. not be healed -- Those not reached by the healing waters of the Gospel, through their sloth and earthly-mindedness, are given over (Re 22: 11) to their own bitterness and barrenness (as "saltness" is often employed to express, De 29: 23; Ps 107: 34; Zep 2: 9); an awful example to others in the punishment they suffer (2Pe 2: 6).

    Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

  • For there is salt, which has saltness, that is, which has the fulness of grace; and there is salt, which has no saltness, for that which is not peaceful is salt unseasoned.

    Catena Aurea - Gospel of Mark

  • But if it be without saltness, that is, if its virtue of drying up and preserving be gone, with what shall it be salted?

    Catena Aurea - Gospel of Mark

  • This might be called literature, or poetry, or religion, but it would not be science; science says that these salt pyramids are the result of the play of attraction and repulsion among the salt molecules themselves; that they are self-poised and self-quarried; it goes further than that and says that the quality we call saltness is the result of a certain definite arrangement of their ultimate atoms of matter; that the qualities of things as they affect our senses -- hardness, softness, sweetness, bitterness -- are the result of molecular motion and combination among the ultimate atoms.

    The Breath of Life

  • And generally, men ought to find the difference, between saltness and bitterness.

    The Essays

  • We found that we could get momentary relief by chewing pieces of raw seal meat and swallowing the blood, but thirst came back with redoubled force owing to the saltness of the flesh.

    South: the story of Shackleton’s last expedition 1914–1917

  • Salt is good: but if the salt have lost his saltness, wherewith will ye season it?

    Probably Just One Of Those Funny Coincidences

  • Your lordship, though not clean past your youth, hath yet some smack of age in you, some relish of the saltness of time; and I must humbly beseech your lordship to have a reverent care of your health.

    The second part of King Henry the Fourth

  • Cumana I have obtained drinkable water a very short distance from the mouth, in the Luabo I have ascended seventy miles without finding the saltness perceptibly diminished.

    Missionary Travels and Researches in South Africa

  • All night that body of water had been in motion downwards, and seemed to me enough to deluge the whole country to the Darling, and correct at least any saltness in its waters, if stagnant; a probability which had greatly reconciled me to the necessity for changing the line of my intended route, as the waters above the junction of the Castlereagh had never been known to become salt.

    Journal of an Expedition into the Interior of Tropical Australia

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