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

The student, Dan Donato, had found salvage logging after wildfires doesn’t help forests recover and could increase fire risks. oregonlive.com, "‘Majestic’ Douglas fir stood for 420 years. Then Oregon State University foresters cut it down," 26 July 2019 The vessel owner, Robert Eckley, is taking care of cleanup and salvage, authorities said. Zaz Hollander, Anchorage Daily News, "Boat explosion and fire leaves part of Whittier dock unsafe and hundreds of pounds of fish in limbo," 12 July 2019 Each had to be dragged out by the party's ever-useful salvage tractor. al.com, "America’s military accomplished an amazing feat 100 years ago -- driving across country," 7 July 2019 The remains of the two other Marines were not recovered during the salvage effort that took place from May 27 to June 7, according to Marines. Molly Hudson, azcentral, "Remains of Arizona Marine killed in December aircraft crash have been recovered," 26 June 2019 Early last week, salvage operators pumped out the water and raised the old schooner from the bottom. Carl Nolte, SFChronicle.com, "Saga of two ships — one new, one very old — both fine Sausalito vessels," 22 June 2019 An analysis of the scrap done by R.L. Banks & Associates of Virginia valued it at $1.6 million in the July 2018 salvage market. John Tuohy, Indianapolis Star, "Removing the Nickel Plate railroad tracks is a heavy lift. Like hauling away the Brooklyn Bridge.," 21 June 2019 Brazy said a salvage crew expected to start removing the wreckage from the roof by Tuesday evening, possibly by taking pieces down the stairs and elevator. Karen Matthews, BostonGlobe.com, "Pilot killed in crash wasn’t certified to fly in bad weather," 11 June 2019 Brazy said a salvage crew expected to start removing the wreckage from the roof by Tuesday evening, possibly by taking pieces down the stairs and elevator. CBS News, "Pilot killed in New York helicopter crash wasn't certified to fly in bad weather," 11 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Everything that could be salvaged (about 3,000 paintings, 1,800 of them damaged, of nearly 15,000) moved to the Pétionville location. Jennifer Billock, Smithsonian, "Explore Port-au-Prince’s Triumphant Art Scene," 25 July 2019 Second, the appeals court must decide whether O'Connor was right that the entire law must be struck down or whether parts of it can still be salvaged. Pete Williams, NBC News, "Federal judges weigh fate of Obamacare as Trump tries to gut the law," 9 July 2019 The ships never participated in battle, and they were eventually brought to the Potomac River in order to be salvaged for scrap metal. Allen Kim, CNN, "A new national marine sanctuary in Maryland will protect WWI-era shipwrecks," 8 July 2019 After, most of them were moved along the Potomac to be salvaged by a local company that later abandoned them in Mallows Bay. Nina Strochlic, National Geographic, "'Ghost fleet' of sunken warships declared a national marine sanctuary," 8 July 2019 Whether a classic car can be salvaged can depend on its rarity and value, said Katie Ellison, marketing manager for the National Corvette Museum in Kentucky. Ben Finley, The Seattle Times, "Gas explosion also damaged world-famous Porsche collection," 12 Apr. 2019 Engineers determined the exercise room, pool room and parts of the garage foundation are structurally sound and able to be salvaged, Schutkin said. Jeff Rumage, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Fire-ravaged Bayside apartment building is being demolished," 2 Apr. 2019 Zarif's visit to New York came as European foreign ministers met in Brussels to discuss how to defuse tensions between Washington and Tehran and to salvage the nuclear deal. NBC News, "Door is 'wide open' to negotiation if Trump lifts his sanctions on Iran, Zarif says," 15 July 2019 The announcement from Iran came despite a last ditch effort by French President Emmanuel Macron to salvage the agreement. Ivana Kottasová, CNN, "Iran to breach uranium enrichment limits set by landmark nuclear deal," 7 July 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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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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