salvage

noun
sal·​vage | \ˈsal-vij \

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 \ noun
salvageable \ˈsal-​vi-​jə-​bəl \ 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

Media: Diane Cowen/Houston Chronicle Matt White, who for years has traded in antiques and architectural salvage through his Recycling the Past business, opened the hotel a couple of years ago in Fayette County. Diane Cowen, Houston Chronicle, "Quirky shipping container hotel welcomes guests to Round Top," 28 Mar. 2018 The Vintage Bazaar in Eliot, Maine Head to Raitt Homestead Farm for acres of antiques, architectural salvage, indie crafts, and more. Country Living Staff, Country Living, "5 Flea Markets You Need to Visit This June," 8 May 2017 Actor Gina Gershon will be taking on the role of Gladys, a businesswoman who's in charge at the salvage yard — and knows how to command the Serpents. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "Gina Gershon and Trinity Likins to Join "Riverdale" Season 3," 7 Oct. 2018 The shipping container decor comes from Recycling the Past, a sister company that specializes in architectural salvage and reclaimed antiques. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Shipping container hotel lets you try out tiny living," 29 May 2018 Officials said salvage operations could not be conducted Tuesday because of bad weather. Fox News, "Thai police: Investigations into boat sinkings are advancing," 10 July 2018 Jones-Duffey endured nearly a year of chemotherapy, lost her hair and underwent a limb-salvage operation that included a knee replacement and a titanium rod in her tibia. Terrence Thomas, San Antonio Express-News, "Whitlock’s departure leaves legacy of family," 26 June 2018 Their store was looted, burned and beyond salvage, according to the suit, and Jin Suk Kim required neurosurgery for bleeding in the brain and extensive rehabilitation. Jean Marbella, baltimoresun.com, "Question of responsibility for Baltimore riot damage spans 1968 and 2015 — and careers of notable legal family," 27 Apr. 2018 Chet France, former director of assessment and standards at the EPA Office of Transportation and Air Quality, says there are enough truck engines in salvage yards to support the glider market for decades. Eric Lipton, Anchorage Daily News, "How campaign donations help steer big rigs around emissions rules," 15 Feb. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Whether or not the PD-50 itself can be salvaged is currently unclear, as it was heavily damaged during its sudden sinking. Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica, "Russia’s only aircraft carrier damaged as its floating dry dock sinks," 30 Oct. 2018 Undamaged parts will be salvaged and many vehicles will be scrapped. Fox News, "20-40K cars to be damaged by Florence's floods, report says," 19 Sep. 2018 Others argue that lawmakers would step in to forge a compromise that salvages the agency by rejiggering its leadership. Tory Newmyer, Washington Post, "The Finance 202: CFPB further under fire with Kavanaugh pick for Supreme Court," 11 July 2018 Seven minutes later, Campbell came very close to salvaging the draw, but his header hit the crossbar. Juan Pimiento, chicagotribune.com, "Chicago Fire's unbeaten streak ends with a loss in Vancouver," 7 July 2018 Wheeler represented energy companies, mining companies, and a mixture of others with issues ranging from food to salvaging automobiles. Steven Mufson, BostonGlobe.com, "With Andrew Wheeler at the helm, EPA likely to stay the course," 6 July 2018 These two teams last met in November, with Russia salvaging a surprise 3-3 draw in Saint Petersburg, albeit with largely different lineups. Avi Creditor, SI.com, "LIVE: Host Russia Faces Juggernaut Spain in World Cup Round of 16," 1 July 2018 That role turned out to be played by Chief Justice John Roberts, whose support salvaged the statute. Richard Wolf, USA TODAY, "From guns to gay rights, Justice Anthony Kennedy was the Supreme Court's swing vote," 27 June 2018 The auction proposal pits those hedge funds against Cyrus, which is trying to salvage a bad bet on Sears. Andrew Scurria, WSJ, "Sears Swap Seller Looks to Salvage Bad Bankruptcy Bet," 15 Nov. 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 \

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 \

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 \

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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