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

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 John Ismay, a New York Times reporter who served as a diving officer in the United States Navy from 2003 to 2010 and was qualified in deep-sea diving and salvage operations, explains how a rescue mission could be pulled off. John Ismay, New York Times, "Why the Thailand Cave Rescue Was So Difficult: A Diver Explains," 10 July 2018 Areas with active burning were extinguished within an hour, and salvage and overhaul operations continued for another 90 minutes, according to the news release. Chicago Tribune Staff, Naperville Sun, "Lightning causes fire to home in Naperville; no injuries reported," 5 July 2018 Vincent said crews will remain at the scene for several hours performing salvage and overhaul. Michael Katz, idahostatesman, "House in Eagle a total loss after fire; firefighters forced to pull water from creek," 19 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

For two years, the Kushners have been trying to find someone to salvage their investment. New York Times, "Kushner’s Firm Deepens Ties to Those With Business in Washington," 11 July 2018 Dalic took over even later than that, arriving with one game of qualifying left to salvage a campaign that looked to have tanked. Jonathan Wilson, SI.com, "Croatia's Character, Resiliency on Full Display in Shocking Run to World Cup Final," 11 July 2018 Longleaf Lumber, which salvages and repurposes wood from historic buildings for modern construction projects, is donating the beams for the project. Gail Waterhouse, BostonGlobe.com, "In Chelsea, ‘Midsummer Night’s Dream’ is a work of industry," 5 July 2018 Colton somehow managed to salvage a Group Date rose despite Chris and Lincoln ruining Becca’s night. Nick Schwartz, For The Win, "Bachelorette Power Rankings: Becca finally realizes that Chris is the worst," 3 July 2018 Having lost the first two, Williamsport (7-9) will look to salvage a win out the series in the finale Tuesday at 7:05 p.m. Nick Tricome, Philly.com, "Phillies minor league report: Mickey Moniak triples in Clearwater win," 3 July 2018 Whenever someone wants to build in a seven-block area around the Templo Mayor, Barrera Rodríguez's team must excavate first, salvaging whatever remains of the colonial and especially Mexica city beneath. Lizzie Wade, Science | AAAS, "Feeding the gods: Hundreds of skulls reveal massive scale of human sacrifice in Aztec capital," 21 June 2018 Bennington looms throughout, but rather than dwell directly on the loss—or eulogize his bandmate in any sustained way—Shinoda focuses on his own desire to salvage his life and career. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "Mike Shinoda Asks Not to Be Defined by Loss," 21 June 2018 The duo tore down the house and salvaged the steel cladding to use as the facade for a pair of tiny homes. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "These solar-powered steel cabins make a perfect desert getaway," 20 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 \

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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