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

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 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Consider salvaged plastic water bottles the breakout hair accessory of New York Fashion Week: Securing braids, while underlining that our oceans need to be saved. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "Chromat Brings the Anti-Plastic Movement to the Runway With a Striking Beauty Statement," 9 Feb. 2019 China slashed by nearly a third its price for building a multibillion-dollar Malaysian railway, salvaging a project seen as crucial to Chinese President Xi Jinping’s program to develop global infrastructure. Yantoultra Ngui, WSJ, "China Chops Price for a Much-Criticized ‘Belt and Road’ Project in Malaysia," 12 Apr. 2019 As a result, prices for aluminum scrap salvaged from shredded autos in the U.S. are down by more than 20% from a peak in early 2018. Bob Tita, WSJ, "Aluminum Scrap Abounds Thanks to Tariffs," 16 Jan. 2019 Try some in the homey tasting room that the owners built themselves out of wood salvaged from barns, factories and other old haunts in southern Illinois and southeast Missouri. Lori Rackl, chicagotribune.com, "Bicentennial bucket list: 20 essential Illinois drinks," 29 June 2018 The windows were salvaged from a school in Philadelphia, the cabinet bases came from a laboratory in Brooklyn, and even the counter tops are old bowling alley floors from Texas. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Shipping container hotel lets you try out tiny living," 29 May 2018 The local meats, fish, and seafood are all cooked to order here, and the kitchen uses different types of wood to flavor the food, from apple, cherry, and chestnut to wood-salvaged from aged wine barrels. Sophie Davies, Condé Nast Traveler, "29 Best Restaurants in Sydney," 14 Mar. 2018 The back patio has a huge fireplace, made from bricks that were salvaged from the oldest home in New Castle and stones from the Grayson County Embry family farm. Taylor M. Riley, The Courier-Journal, "This home puts a 'funky grandma' spin on 8 acres of country living," 1 Mar. 2018 The big question is how much defense spending President Trump can salvage without accepting another bipartisan budget blowout known as an omnibus spending bill. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Trump’s Pentagon Budget War," 11 Mar. 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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