salvage

1 of 2

noun

sal·​vage ˈsal-vij How to pronounce salvage (audio)
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

salvage

2 of 2

verb

salvaged; salvaging

transitive verb

: to rescue or save especially from wreckage or ruin
salvageability noun
salvageable 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.
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
The process to refloat the ship and the salvage effort has been delicate and dangerous, involving giant floating cranes to move debris and relocate shipping containers, and using explosives to move tons of mangled steel and roadway. Rohan Mattu, CBS News, 20 May 2024 In a news release Tuesday, the Baltimore County Police Department confirmed the identity of the sixth victim — José Mynor López, 37, of Baltimore — after salvage teams located his body. Jonathan Franklin, NPR, 8 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for salvage 

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

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

First Known Use

Noun

1645, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

1889, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of salvage was in 1645

Dictionary Entries Near salvage

Cite this Entry

“Salvage.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/salvage. Accessed 30 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

salvage

1 of 2 noun
sal·​vage ˈsal-vij How to pronounce salvage (audio)
1
: money paid for saving a wrecked or endangered ship or its cargo or passengers
2
: the act of saving a ship or possessions in danger of being lost
3
: something saved or recovered (as from a wreck or fire)

salvage

2 of 2 verb
salvaged; salvaging
: to rescue or save especially from wreckage or ruin
salvageable adjective
salvager noun

Medical Definition

salvage

1 of 2 noun
sal·​vage ˈsal-vij How to pronounce salvage (audio)
: the act or an instance of salvaging
thrombolytic therapy has permitted salvage of some limbsRichard Lennihan et al.

salvage

2 of 2 transitive verb
salvaged; salvaging
: to save (an organ, tissue, or patient) by preventive or therapeutic measures
a salvaged cancer patient
salvaged lung tissue

Legal Definition

salvage

noun
sal·​vage ˈsal-vij How to pronounce salvage (audio)
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 sense 1d
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