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

Although the Van Gogh and Kaimei are ending their participation in the search other ships and aircraft will continue to search for the plane, including a Japanese minesweeper, two private salvage ships, and Japanese military aircraft. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The U.S. Ends Search for Missing F-35 Fighter Jet," 10 May 2019 Everything that's ruled a total loss by an insurance company should get a salvage title. Fox News, "20-40K cars to be damaged by Florence's floods, report says," 19 Sep. 2018 Do not board a partially sunken boat; seek salvage assistance from a professional. Greg Larose, NOLA.com, "Subtropical Storm Alberto: Watch 4 p.m. Saturday update," 26 May 2018 Now, despite the best efforts of a salvage team, the ship is almost completely underwater, save for her SPY-1F radar mast. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "That Wrecked Norwegian Frigate Is Pretty Much Toast," 13 Nov. 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. 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Chan salvaged the cobblestones in Heckfield’s courtyard from a section of Liverpool that had been torn up. Christopher Muther, BostonGlobe.com, "Could clues to Harvard Square’s future be found in a stunning new English hotel?," 13 July 2019 The art installation will be salvaged, according to city documents. Paulina Pineda, azcentral, "Tempe City Hall kicks off renovations with $2.4M in improvements to council chambers," 3 July 2019 But not even Kendrick can fully salvage the Nationals’ season. Neil Greenberg, The Denver Post, "The NL East was supposed to have four good teams. Turns out it only has one.," 24 June 2019 Thanks to an unusual circumstance in Gainesville, homesickness in Austin and the omnipresent transfer portal, the Pac-12 salvaged some credibility from the 2019 recruiting cycle. Jon Wilner, The Mercury News, "Hotline newsletter: With Bru McCoy and Chris Steele secure at USC, the Pac-12 recruiting haul gains luster," 19 June 2019 But a late-season surge ignited by an explosive offense salvaged Vanderbilt’s season. Edgar Thompson, orlandosentinel.com, "2019 College Football Rankings: No. 71 Vanderbilt looks to keep pace in improving SEC East," 14 June 2019 But after the initial negative reaction, a broader picture emerged of the sequence of events that, for many, has salvaged some of Toronto's pride. Curtis Rush, courant.com, "Toronto, ‘embarrassed’ by fans who cheered Kevin Durant’s injury, seeks to make amends," 12 June 2019 The Colony-era barn roof is being salvaged and will be installed atop a new visitors center that will open this fall. Bob Hallinen, Anchorage Daily News, "Photos: Musk Ox Farm lifts roof off its Colony-era visitor center," 10 June 2019 The Brewers salvaged the final game of the three-game series after getting outscored a combined 24-3 in the first two games. Tom Kertscher, sun-sentinel.com, "Ex-Marlin Yelich’s home run key in preventing Miami sweep in Milwaukee," 6 June 2019

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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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Time Traveler for salvage

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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