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 salvage (audio) \ noun
salvageable \ ˈsal-​vi-​jə-​bəl How to pronounce salvage (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 Those catered to the needy and included a hostel for African American men at Seventh and P streets NW that housed a soup kitchen, a playground and a salvage operation that repaired furniture, shoes and clothes. Washington Post, "For more than 50 years, working women could stay at the Evangeline," 1 May 2021 On March 29, salvage teams freed the Ever Given, ending a crisis that had clogged one of the world’s most vital waterways and halted billions of dollars a day in maritime commerce. Samy Magdy, USA TODAY, "Egypt seizes control of massive ship Ever Given after it blocked Suez Canal for days," 14 Apr. 2021 On March 29, salvage teams freed the Ever Given, ending a crisis that had clogged one of the world’s most vital waterways and halted billions of dollars a day in maritime commerce. Samy Magdy, Anchorage Daily News, "Egypt seizes massive cargo vessel that blocked Suez Canal," 13 Apr. 2021 For days, salvage teams hoped that an unusually high tide, set to peak at around 11:42 a.m. local time on Monday, would help to dislodge the Ever Given. Jennifer Leman, Popular Mechanics, "The Moon—Yes, the Moon—Ultimately Freed the Ever Given From the Suez Canal," 31 Mar. 2021 Analysts are split over whether that was a good idea, but the detour at least gave some certainty to shipowners while others were left at the mercy of an uncertain salvage operation. NBC News, "Suez Canal is open again, but impact of Ever Given saga will be felt for some time," 30 Mar. 2021 The salvage operation successfully relied on tugs and dredgers alone, allowing authorities to avoid the far more complex and lengthy task of lightening the vessel by offloading its 20,000 containers. Staff, The Christian Science Monitor, "The tugboats that could: Ever Given freed from Suez Canal," 29 Mar. 2021 The Suez Canal was no longer jammed as the massive vessel was towed to a location outside the channel for further inspection, according to Boskalis Westminster, the parent company of the Dutch salvage firm hired to extract the ship. Morgan Winsor And Hatem Maher, ABC News, "Engineers successfully free ship stuck in Egypt's Suez Canal," 29 Mar. 2021 The fifth day of the salvage operation illustrated the technical and weather challenges facing the international team seeking to dislodge the Ever Given from the eastern bank of the canal and stave off a global economic calamity. BostonGlobe.com, "Egypt’s president orders preparations for unloading the ship blocking Suez Canal," 28 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The gun was in bad shape, but McCauley wanted to salvage it and continue his pursuit of 100 gobblers. Joe Genzel, Outdoor Life, "The Browning Citori That Killed 100 Gobblers," 18 Feb. 2021 After Mike Antico hit a 2-out, RBI single to tie the game at two in the bottom of the 8th, Oklahoma responded with three straight singles with two outs in the 9th to retake the lead and salvage the series. Dallas News, "How Texas’ collegiate baseball teams fared this week: TCU, UT, A&M record conference series wins," 29 Mar. 2021 The experience pushed him to improve, not only to salvage some pride but to help give Togiai a worthy opponent. Nathan Baird, cleveland, "Ohio State football’s Tommy Togiai hoping to add another feat of strength to his growing legend," 29 Mar. 2021 Losing 1-0 and desperate to try and salvage at least a point from the match, Sevilla goalkeeper Yassine 'Bono' Bounou ran the length of the pitch to join the attack for his team's final corner of the game. Matias Grez, CNN, "Sevilla goalkeeper Bono makes himself the unlikely hero with remarkable last-minute equalizer," 21 Mar. 2021 In a statement to The Post, the Turkish Embassy in Washington said that Turkey’s intervention had helped stop the fighting in Libya and salvage peace talks. Washington Post, "At the mercy of foreign powers," 25 Feb. 2021 Which sets up Sunday for a repeat of the first meeting — UA winning 65-37 Dec. 10 in Tucson — or gives ASU opportunity to salvage something from an otherwise down season that will end its school record six-year NCAA Tournament run. Jeff Metcalfe, The Arizona Republic, "ASU women's basketball seeks to upset No. 9 Arizona in regular season finale," 28 Feb. 2021 At least 30 states allow residents to salvage meat from an animal killed in a car collision, though the policies surrounding specific animals and permit processes differ by state. Matt Vasilogambros, Anchorage Daily News, "Roadkill moose fed Alaska families for years. Then came COVID-19.," 25 Dec. 2020 At least 30 states allow residents to salvage meat from an animal killed in a car collision, though the policies surrounding specific animals and permit processes differ by state. Matt Vasilogambros, USA TODAY, "Roadkill moose fed Alaska families for years. Then COVID-19 came.," 17 Dec. 2020

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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

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The first known use of salvage was in 1645

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Last Updated

5 May 2021

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“Salvage.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/salvage. Accessed 14 May. 2021.

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More Definitions for salvage

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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