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salvage

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noun sal·vage \ˈsal-vij\

Simple Definition of salvage

  • : 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.

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of salvage

  1. 1a :  compensation paid for saving a ship or its cargo from the perils of the sea or for the lives and property rescued in a wreckb :  the act of saving or rescuing a ship or its cargoc :  the act of saving or rescuing property in danger (as from fire)

  2. 2a :  property saved from destruction in a calamity (as a wreck or fire)b :  something extracted (as from rubbish) as valuable or useful

Examples of salvage in a sentence

  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


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salvage

transitive verb sal·vage

Simple Definition of salvage

  • : 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)

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of salvage

salvagedsalvaging

  1. :  to rescue or save especially from wreckage or ruin

salvageability play \ˌsal-vi-jə-ˈbi-lə-tē\ noun
salvageable play \ˈsal-vi-jə-bəl\ adjective
salvager noun

Examples of salvage in a sentence

  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.



1889

First Known Use of salvage

1889


SALVAGE Defined for Kids

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salvage

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noun sal·vage \ˈsal-vij\

Definition of salvage for Students

  1. 1 :  the act of saving a ship or its cargo

  2. 2 :  the saving or rescuing of possessions in danger of being lost (as from fire)

  3. 3 :  something that is saved (as from a wreck)




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salvage

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verb sal·vage

Definition of salvage for Students

salvagedsalvaging

  1. :  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>




Law Dictionary

salvage

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noun sal·vage \ˈsal-vij\

Legal Definition of salvage

  1. 1a :  compensation paid for saving a ship or its cargo from the perils of the sea or for recovering it from an actual loss (as in a shipwreck) 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)

  2. 2a :  property saved from destruction (as in a wreck or fire) b :  damaged property acquired by an insurer after payment for the loss — compare abandonment 1d





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