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salvage

noun sal·vage \ ˈsal-vij \

Definition of salvage

1 a :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)
2 a :property saved from destruction in a calamity (such as a wreck or fire)
b :something extracted (as from rubbish) as valuable or useful

Examples of salvage in a Sentence

  1. The ship was beyond salvage.

  2. the salvage from the wrecked ship

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Origin and Etymology of salvage

French, from Middle French, from salver to save — more at save


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salvage

verb

Definition of salvage

salvaged; salvaging
transitive verb
:to rescue or save especially from wreckage or ruin

salvageability

play \ˌsal-vi-jə-ˈbi-lə-tē\ noun

salvageable

play \ˈsal-vi-jə-bəl\ adjective

salvager

noun

Examples of salvage in a Sentence

  1. Divers salvaged some of the sunken ship's cargo.

  2. Few of their possessions were salvaged from the fire.

  3. He is trying to salvage his marriage.

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First Known Use of salvage

1889


SALVAGE Defined for English Language Learners

salvage

noun

Definition of salvage for English Language Learners

  • : 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

Definition of salvage for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

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salvage

noun sal·vage \ ˈsal-vij \

Definition of salvage for Students

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)

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salvage

verb

Definition of salvage for Students

salvaged; salvaging
: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

Medical Dictionary

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salvage

noun sal·vage \ ˈsal-vij \

medical Definition of salvage

:the act or an instance of salvaging
  • thrombolytic therapy has permitted salvage of some limbs
  • —Richard Lennihan et al

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salvage

transitive verb

medical Definition of salvage

salvaged; salvaging
:to save (an organ, tissue, or patient) by preventive or therapeutic measures
  • a salvaged cancer patient
  • salvaged lung tissue

Law Dictionary

salvage

noun sal·vage \ ˈsal-vij \

legal Definition of salvage

1 a :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)
2 a :property saved from destruction (as in a wreck or fire)
b :damaged property acquired by an insurer after payment for the loss — compare abandonment 1d


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