from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of, relating to, or containing salt; salty.
  • adj. Of or relating to chemical salts.
  • n. A salt of magnesium or of the alkalis, used in medicine as a cathartic.
  • n. A saline solution, especially one that is isotonic with blood and is used in medicine and surgery.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Containing salt; salty.
  • n. Water containing dissolved salt.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Consisting of salt, or containing salt.
  • adj. Of the quality of salt; salty.
  • n. A salt spring; a place where salt water is collected in the earth.
  • n. A crude potash obtained from beet-root residues and other similar sources.
  • n. A metallic salt; esp., a salt of potassium, sodium, lithium, or magnesium, used in medicine.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Consisting of salt or constituting salt: as, saline particles; saline substances.
  • Of, pertaining to, or characteristic of salt; salty: as, a saline taste.
  • Same as halophilous.
  • n. A salt-spring, or a place where salt water is collected in the earth; a salt-marsh or -pit.
  • n. One of the mineral salts, such as sodium or magnesium sulphate, used medicinally.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. containing salt
  • n. an isotonic solution of sodium chloride and distilled water


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Latin salīnus, from sāl, salt; see sal- in Indo-European roots.


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