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salt spray (countable and uncountable, plural salt sprays)

  1. Seawater in the form of a fine mist or droplets.
    • 1792, John Aikin, Evenings at Home, London: J. Johnson, Volume 1, Fourth Evening, “Canute’s Reproof to his Courtiers,” p. 104,[1]
      Well, does the sea obey my commands? If it be my subject, it is a very rebellious subject. See how it swells, and dashes the angry foam and salt spray over my sacred person.
    • 1855, Charles Kingsley, Glaucus; or The Wonders of the Shore, Cambridge: Macmillan, p. 109,[2]
      The crevices of the highest rocks, only sprinkled with salt spray in spring-tides and high gales, have their peculiar little univalves, their crisp lichen-like sea-weeds, in myriads []
    • 1896, Joseph Conrad, An Outcast of the Islands, Part 3, Chapter 3,[3]
      His little red eyes—those eyes that had smarted under the salt sprays of every sea, that had looked unwinking to windward in the gales of all latitudes—now glared at Almayer from behind the lowered eyebrows like a pair of frightened wild beasts crouching in a bush.
    • 1919, Ernest Shackleton, South: The Story of Shackleton’s Last Expedition, 1914-1917, London: Heinemann, Chapter 8, p. 134,[4]
      The beards even of the younger men might have been those of patriarchs, for the frost and the salt spray had made them white.
    • 1981, Alfred Byrd Graf, Tropica: Color Cyclopedia of Exotic Plants and Trees, East Rutherford, NJ: Roehrs, 3rd edition, p. 9,[5]
      There are shrubs that tolerate the saltspray along the seacoast, and others better suited for higher, cooler elevations.

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