Definition of salient
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Examples of salient in a Sentence
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
A 2002 study conducted at the University of Illinois by Diener and Seligman found that the most salient characteristics shared by the 10% of students with the highest levels of happiness and the fewest signs of depression were their strong ties to friends and family and commitment to spending time with them. —Claudia Wallis, Time, 17 Jan. 2005
The difference between the people Liebling chose to write about and today's celebrity culture is the difference between the “profile” and the “portrait.” A profile is an outline, a concise rendering of the most salient facts, though the facts may be inessential and even inaccurate in their generality. … A portrait, on the other hand, is a revelation, an exposure. —Lee Siegel, Harper's, December 2004
Kermeen cites “a book published in 1882” that says of ghosts at the Myrtles: “The lights are never extinguished at the plantation. When the lights are all out, something always happens.” Kermeen does not further identify this book (another source says it was published “in 1900”), but the salient point here is that it apparently did not mention the Chloe tale. That suggests it was probably unknown until relatively recently. —Joe Nickell, Skeptical Inquirer, September/October 2003
Recent Examples of salient from the Web
Like always, Shoemake made a lot of salient points about interracial marriage, economic empowerment and racism.
The case for impeachment seems to me, at this point, far less salient than the invocation of the 25th Amendment.
The connection between the expression of bigoted opinion and taking harmful actions is more salient than ever.
This history, of the record album, is salient on this anniversary not only because Sgt.
Beneath the NOLA.com post that announced the sale, a few salient comments popped up.
Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (ADCNR) Commissioner N. Gunter Guy Jr. made a particularly salient point in a news release recently about the season.
Fake news may be particularly prevalent in authoritarian states The issue of misinformation, fake news and rumors has become highly salient following the recent elections in the United States and France.
Yet the more salient parallel with Donald Trump may end up being the difficulty the president’s had in implementing his policy agenda during his first days in office.
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Did You Know?
Salient first popped up in English in the mid-17th century, and in its earliest English uses meant "moving by leaps or springs" (as in "a salient cheetah") or "spouting forth" (as in "a salient fountain"). Those senses aren't too much of a jump from the word's parent, the Latin verb salire, which means "to leap." Salire has leaped into many English words; it's also an ancestor of somersault and sally, as well as Salientia, the name for an order of amphibians that includes frogs, toads, and other notable jumpers. Today, salient is usually used to describe things that are physically prominent (such as a salient nose) or that stand out figuratively (such as the salient features of a painting).
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Examples of salient in a Sentence
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
SALIENT Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of salient for English Language Learners
: very important or noticeable
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