# What does the neutralisation of acids and bases mean?

From what I found in textbooks and google is that neutralisation is when acids and bases react to produce salt and water. Most examples I have learnt do so, however a reaction like:

$$\ce{NH3 + HCl -> NH4Cl }$$

It does not produce water.

So is neutralisation defined as only when salt and water produce a neutral salt and water or is it just produce any salt and water. And if it is any then how can does the example above work?

• Neutralisation is when something acidic plus something basic produces something more or less neutral. Water may be a part of the picture, or it may not; this is irrelevant. – Ivan Neretin Mar 22 '18 at 10:41