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salve

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noun \ˈsav, ˈsäv, ˈsalv, ˈsälv\

Simple Definition of salve

  • : a creamy substance that you put on a wound to heal it or to make it less painful

Full Definition of salve

  1. 1 :  an unctuous adhesive substance for application to wounds or sores

  2. 2 :  a remedial or soothing influence or agency <a salve to their hurt feelings>

Origin of salve

Middle English, from Old English sealf; akin to Old High German salba salve, Greek olpē oil flask


First Known Use: before 12th century

Rhymes with salve


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salve

transitive verb

Definition of salve

salvedsalv·ing

  1. 1 :  to remedy (as disease) with or as if with a salve

  2. 2 :  quiet, assuage <give him a raise in salary to salve his feelings — Upton Sinclair>



Before 12th Century

First Known Use of salve

before 12th century


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salve

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transitive verb \ˈsalv\

Definition of salve

salvedsalv·ing

  1. :  salvage

sal·vor play \ˈsal-vər, -ˌvȯr\ noun


Origin of salve

back-formation from salvage


First Known Use: circa 1706


Medical Dictionary

noun \ˈsav, ˈsäv, ˈsȧv, ˈsalv, ˈsälv\

Medical Definition of salve

  1. :  an unctuous adhesive substance for application to wounds or sores




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