salvage

noun
sal·​vage | \ ˈsal-vij How to pronounce salvage (audio) \

Definition of salvage

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

salvage

verb
salvaged; salvaging

Definition of salvage (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to rescue or save especially from wreckage or ruin

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Other Words from salvage

Verb

salvageability \ ˌsal-​vi-​jə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce salvageability (audio) \ noun
salvageable \ ˈsal-​vi-​jə-​bəl How to pronounce salvageable (audio) \ adjective
salvager noun

Examples of salvage in a Sentence

Noun

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

Verb

Divers salvaged some of the sunken ship's cargo. Few of their possessions were salvaged from the fire. He is trying to salvage his marriage.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

While Louie’s body was soon found, identified and laid to rest, his brother’s remains were only recovered in 1961 by French salvage divers and not identified until 2017. Washington Post, "Twin brothers reunited 74 years after WWII death at Normandy," 20 June 2018 While Louie’s body was soon found, identified, and laid to rest, his brother’s remains were only recovered in 1961 by French salvage divers and not identified until 2017. Mark D. Carlson And Virginia Mayo, BostonGlobe.com, "Twin brothers reunited 74 years after WWII death at Normandy," 20 June 2018 While Louie's body was soon found, identified and laid to rest, the remains of Julius were only recovered in 1961 by French salvage divers and not identified until 2017. Fox News, "Twin brothers to be reunited 74 years after dying together on D-Day," 19 June 2018 French salvage divers had found human remains on the wreck in the 1960s and they were taken to a U.S. lab in Belgium. Mark Phillips, CBS News, "Twins killed together during World War II finally reunited after 74 years," 19 June 2018 While Louie's body was soon found, identified and laid to rest, his brother's remains were only recovered in 1961 by French salvage divers and not identified until 2017. Author: Mark D. Carlson, Virginia Mayo, Anchorage Daily News, "Twin brothers reunited 74 years after WWII death at Normandy," 19 June 2018 Another option to check out: architectural salvage yards and stores. Brittney Morgan, House Beautiful, "7 Places to Find and Buy Reclaimed Wood for Your Next DIY Project," 30 Jan. 2019 All 189 passengers aboard JT 610 are presumed to be dead, and divers and other salvage experts are now focused bringing up their remains from depths of about 100 feet below the surface of the Java Sea, off Jakarta. Barbara S. Peterson, Popular Mechanics, "Lion Air 610 Had the Same Problem Four Flights in a Row Before It Crashed," 5 Nov. 2018 That led to starting an architectural salvage company, which led to starting a popular free music series and farmers' market at an old mill that was being renovated. Jennifer Peltz, Fox News, "'Wake-up call': 9/11 prompted some to move away to new lives," 10 Sep. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Facebook is working hard on salvaging its reputation among both users and investors. Laura Forman, WSJ, "Facebook Is Now a Family Affair," 30 Jan. 2019 Many have already said that regardless of what is salvaged, the loss will be immeasurable. Marcelo Silva De Sousa, The Seattle Times, "Researchers hope some objects survived Brazil museum fire," 4 Sep. 2018 Tuesday, coach Gregg Popovich flew to San Diego to meet with Leonard, in hopes of salvaging the relationship with the disgruntled All-Star forward — or at least seeking clarity on the way ahead for the Spurs. Jeff Mcdonald, San Antonio Express-News, "With Leonard in limbo, Spurs may face franchise-shaping draft night," 20 June 2018 There are so many plates spinning in the air right now that any sudden disruption could be counterproductive and – with hope of salvaging this season already lost – pointless. Peter Schmuck, baltimoresun.com, "Schmuck: Orioles should beware of the quick fix, because this season is not fixable," 2 June 2018 So a culture of salvaging scrap metal took root and spread. Beau Evans, NOLA.com, "Sewerage & Water Board employee acquitted of stealing brass faces tough road back to old job," 17 Apr. 2018 This was a reference to reports that Kerry was meeting with foreign officials in a bid to salvage the pact. Alex Pappas, Fox News, "Trump vows to withdraw from Iran nuclear agreement, calls pact ‘defective at its core’," 2 Oct. 2018 This time the Marlins couldn’t finish, as the Giants scored three runs in the 16th inning to salvage the finale of the four-game series with 6-3 win. Craig Davis, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Marlins fall to Giants in 16 innings; Pudge's son Dereck Rodriguez impresses in hometown start," 14 June 2018 Brock Osweiler’s interception to Tony Lippett, which was returned for a touchdown on Tuesday, was the latest discouraging sign from a quarterback looking to salvage his career. Barry Jackson, miamiherald, "What we should — or shouldn't — conclude from Landry's latest swipe at Tannehill," 13 June 2018

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First Known Use of salvage

Noun

1645, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

1889, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for salvage

Noun

French, from Middle French, from salver to save — more at save

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The first known use of salvage was in 1645

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salvage

noun

English Language Learners Definition of salvage

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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.

salvage

verb

English Language Learners Definition of salvage (Entry 2 of 2)

: 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)

salvage

noun
sal·​vage | \ ˈsal-vij How to pronounce salvage (audio) \

Kids Definition of salvage

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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)

salvage

verb
salvaged; salvaging

Kids Definition of salvage (Entry 2 of 2)

: 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

salvage

noun
sal·​vage | \ ˈsal-vij How to pronounce salvage (audio) \

Medical Definition of salvage

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: the act or an instance of salvaging thrombolytic therapy has permitted salvage of some limbs— Richard Lennihan et al

salvage

transitive verb
salvaged; salvaging

Medical Definition of salvage (Entry 2 of 2)

: to save (an organ, tissue, or patient) by preventive or therapeutic measures a salvaged cancer patient salvaged lung tissue

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salvage

noun
sal·​vage | \ ˈsal-vij How to pronounce salvage (audio) \

Legal Definition of salvage

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)
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 sense 1d

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