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1salvage

noun sal·vage \ˈsal-vij\

: the act of saving something (such as a building, a ship, or cargo) that is in danger of being completely destroyed

: something (such as cargo) that is saved from a wreck, fire, etc.

Full Definition of SALVAGE

1
a :  compensation paid for saving a ship or its cargo from the perils of the sea or for the lives and property rescued in a wreck
b :  the act of saving or rescuing a ship or its cargo
c :  the act of saving or rescuing property in danger (as from fire)
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a :  property saved from destruction in a calamity (as a wreck or fire)
b :  something extracted (as from rubbish) as valuable or useful
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Examples of SALVAGE

  1. The ship was beyond salvage.
  2. the salvage from the wrecked ship

Origin of SALVAGE

French, from Middle French, from salver to save — more at save
First Known Use: 1645

2salvage

transitive verb

: to remove (something) from a place so that it will not be damaged, destroyed, or lost

: to save (something valuable or important) : to prevent the loss of (something)

sal·vagedsal·vag·ing

Full Definition of SALVAGE

:  to rescue or save especially from wreckage or ruin
sal·vage·abil·i·ty \ˌsal-vi-jə-ˈbi-lə-tē\ noun
sal·vage·able \ˈsal-vi-jə-bəl\ adjective
sal·vag·er noun

Examples of SALVAGE

  1. Divers salvaged some of the sunken ship's cargo.
  2. Few of their possessions were salvaged from the fire.
  3. He is trying to salvage his marriage.

First Known Use of SALVAGE

1889
SALVAGEABLE Defined for Kids

1salvage

noun sal·vage \ˈsal-vij\

Definition of SALVAGE for Kids

1
:  the act of saving a ship or its cargo
2
:  the saving or rescuing of possessions in danger of being lost (as from fire)
3
:  something that is saved (as from a wreck)

2salvage

verb
sal·vagedsal·vag·ing

Definition of SALVAGE for Kids

:  to recover (something usable) especially from wreckage or ruin <Avoiding the smoldering piles, she picked through the black wood, hoping to find something to salvage. — Pam Muñoz Ryan, Esperanza Rising>

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