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

Other Words from salvage

Verb

salvageability \ ˌsal-​vi-​jə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce salvage (audio) \ noun
salvageable \ ˈsal-​vi-​jə-​bəl How to pronounce salvage (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.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The Ever Forward's 35-day-long salvage operation was undertaken by the Coast Guard, the Maryland Department of the Environment and the Evergreen Marine Corporation, as well as state and local responders. Liam Reilly, CNN, 18 Apr. 2022 When the fire finally went out on February 25, a salvage team was dispatched to tow the boat back to land. Bryan Hood, Robb Report, 1 Mar. 2022 Once approved, the initial salvage team will board and provide more insight on the damage as well as next steps. Jennifer Korn And Vanessa Yurkevich, CNN, 22 Feb. 2022 The Felicity Ace is still adrift in the Atlantic Ocean but Snowcape Car Carriers said an initial salvage team is estimated to arrive Friday. Mina Kaji, ABC News, 18 Feb. 2022 Boskalis, a Dutch marine engineer, has sent a 16-person salvage team to help control the flames. Manasee Wagh, Popular Mechanics, 18 Feb. 2022 All told, 7500 people have contributed to the salvage, logging more than a million hours. Andrew Lawrence, Car and Driver, 27 Apr. 2021 Following weeks of salvage operations, authorities turned to a last resort April 9: removing containers from the ship. Hayes Gardner, Baltimore Sun, 17 Apr. 2022 In January, the Japanese Coast Guard posted a similar notice to alert merchant ships of salvage operations after a U.S. Navy F-35 crashed off the deck of the aircraft carrier Carl Vinson in the South China Sea. New York Times, 17 Apr. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Democrats are desperate to salvage something from their Build Back Better agenda after Joe Manchin killed the original version last year. The Editorial Board, WSJ, 27 Apr. 2022 Wilson, who struggled at the rim in the first half as North Carolina raced to a 38-22 lead at one point, made all four of his free throws and hit one 3-pointer (on five attempts) to salvage a tough night from the floor (5-for-13). Chris Bumbaca, USA TODAY, 5 Apr. 2022 Videos of the aftermath of the strike, which have been verified by The Washington Post, show firefighters and soldiers providing aid, while people sifted through the rubble, attempting to salvage belongings from their homes. Washington Post, 16 Mar. 2022 The new owners wanted to renovate it to serve as its office space but still salvage as much of the original character as possible. Mary Colurso | Mcolurso@al.com, al, 16 Apr. 2022 But while incarcerated last year in New Jersey on charges of gun possession and resisting arrest, uncertain of whether his career could recover from its false starts, Fivio began writing a verse that would salvage his chances at stardom. New York Times, 7 Apr. 2022 Her goal: to use the purloined flower to create a game-changing hybrid rose, win the famed Bagatelle International New Rose Contest and salvage her business. Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times, 30 Mar. 2022 As the Supreme Court heard a challenge by businesses Wednesday to a unique California law allowing employees to sue collectively over labor violations, several justices appeared to be looking for a compromise that would salvage part of the law. Bob Egelko, San Francisco Chronicle, 30 Mar. 2022 Here’s a compromise that would salvage American credibility and show some ingenuity: Break down the Polish MiGs and send the parts to Ukraine. Kate Bachelder Odell, WSJ, 20 Mar. 2022 See More

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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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Last Updated

17 May 2022

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“Salvage.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/salvage. Accessed 24 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for salvage

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

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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