salient


1sa·lient

adjective \ˈsā-lyənt, -lē-ənt\

: very important or noticeable

Full Definition of SALIENT

1
:  moving by leaps or springs :  jumping
2
:  jetting upward <a salient fountain>
3
a :  projecting beyond a line, surface, or level
b :  standing out conspicuously :  prominent; especially :  of notable significance <similar to … Prohibition, but there are a couple of salient differences — Tony Gibbs>
sa·lient·ly adverb

Examples of SALIENT

  1. Then there were those who doubted the need for radio in the first place, since the telegraph was already ubiquitous. Marconi's salient achievement was to realize that radio waves could be transmitted across vast distances, an incalculable step forward in mass communications. —Kevin Baker, New York Times Book Review, 5 Nov. 2006

Origin of SALIENT

Latin salient-, saliens, present participle of salire to leap — more at sally
First Known Use: 1646

2sa·lient

noun \ˈsā-lyənt, -lē-ənt\

Definition of SALIENT

:  something (as a promontory) that projects outward or upward from its surroundings; especially :  an outwardly projecting part of a fortification, trench system, or line of defense

Examples of SALIENT

  1. The attempts of the Teutonic armies to envelop and destroy some portion of the Russian forces involved the creation of several dangerous salients in the Russian line, followed by an endeavor to close the neck of each salient by attacks from both sides and so to isolate the armies forming its apex. —Douglas Wilson Johnson, Topography and Strategy in the War, 1917

Origin of SALIENT

(see 1salient)
First Known Use: 1828

Other Military Terms

bivouac, logistics, petard, sally, supernumerary, tactical

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