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

Although the Van Gogh and Kaimei are ending their participation in the search other ships and aircraft will continue to search for the plane, including a Japanese minesweeper, two private salvage ships, and Japanese military aircraft. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The U.S. Ends Search for Missing F-35 Fighter Jet," 10 May 2019 Everything that's ruled a total loss by an insurance company should get a salvage title. Fox News, "20-40K cars to be damaged by Florence's floods, report says," 19 Sep. 2018 Do not board a partially sunken boat; seek salvage assistance from a professional. Greg Larose, NOLA.com, "Subtropical Storm Alberto: Watch 4 p.m. Saturday update," 26 May 2018 Now, despite the best efforts of a salvage team, the ship is almost completely underwater, save for her SPY-1F radar mast. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "That Wrecked Norwegian Frigate Is Pretty Much Toast," 13 Nov. 2018 While Louie’s body was soon found, identified and laid to rest, his brother’s remains were only recovered in 1961 by French salvage divers and not identified until 2017. Washington Post, "Twin brothers reunited 74 years after WWII death at Normandy," 20 June 2018 While Louie’s body was soon found, identified, and laid to rest, his brother’s remains were only recovered in 1961 by French salvage divers and not identified until 2017. Mark D. Carlson And Virginia Mayo, BostonGlobe.com, "Twin brothers reunited 74 years after WWII death at Normandy," 20 June 2018 While Louie's body was soon found, identified and laid to rest, the remains of Julius were only recovered in 1961 by French salvage divers and not identified until 2017. Fox News, "Twin brothers to be reunited 74 years after dying together on D-Day," 19 June 2018 French salvage divers had found human remains on the wreck in the 1960s and they were taken to a U.S. lab in Belgium. Mark Phillips, CBS News, "Twins killed together during World War II finally reunited after 74 years," 19 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The diquark and molecular models are both attempts to salvage a cartoonish picture of hadrons that worked perfectly, if inexplicably, for the half-century before tetraquarks came along. Quanta Magazine, "Quark Quartet Fuels Quantum Feud," 27 Aug. 2014 Secretary of State Mike Pompeo dined with a senior North Korean official on Wednesday night in New York City in hopes of salvaging the summit that Trump cancelled last week. NBC News, "Trump says North Korean leader is sending him a letter, summit meetings productive," 31 May 2018 The Lucasfilm Story Group's boffins are tying together the franchise's two main trilogies, doubling down on what many thought to be beyond salvaging. Brendan Nystedt, WIRED, "Solo: A Star Wars Story," 29 May 2018 Gators cleanup hitter Will Dalton and his team-high 15 home runs were at the plate with a chance to end the Wildcats’ hopes of salvaging something from the series before the first out had even been recorded. Jon Hale, The Courier-Journal, "Nick Mignione: UK baseball team 'should be confident' despite losing Florida series," 22 Apr. 2018 With Glasser gone, TWC may have hopes of salvaging the Contreras-Sweet buyout, but now comes a potential new obstacle from eOne. Eriq Gardner, The Hollywood Reporter, "Possible Weinstein Co. Sale May Have a New Obstacle From Canadian Distributor," 21 Feb. 2018 There is rain gear in pink or yellow from the cult Swedish brand Stutterheim, ready to salvage dreary days. Vogue, "Marc Jacobs’s Newest Line Is Exactly What Your Closet’s Been Waiting For," 31 May 2019 In addition to firefighters, French emergency services are working to salvage art that has been stored within the cathedral. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "The Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris Catches Fire," 15 Apr. 2019 The Roxane of this Cyrano story whom Sierra woos by proxy is intellectual jock Jamey (Centineo, doing his best Peter Kavinsky longing gaze and working hard to salvage a coherent character arc out of scraps). Constance Grady, Vox, "Peter Kavinsky and Barb from Stranger Things can’t salvage Sierra Burgess Is a Loser," 7 Sep. 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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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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