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 Associated Press An underwater salvage company was granted approval this week to cut into the wreckage of the Titanic to try to recover a Marconi telegraph, rekindling a complex debate over access to the ship and maritime law. New York Times, "Firm Can Cut Into Titanic to Recover Telegraph, Judge Says," 20 May 2020 The state, which is being sued, passed a statute to convert the salvage effort to public record. Richard Wolf, USA TODAY, "Supreme Court returns to work facing abortion, guns, immigration, gay rights -- and possibly President Trump," 7 Oct. 2019 The Charlotte Observer reports that the salvage effort is taking placing 20 miles off the coast of South Carolina. Fox News, "1840 shipwreck reveals trove of gold coins that could be worth millions," 4 Oct. 2019 The small group of Adas Israel Congregation wore smiles for the salvage effort. Brady Slater, Twin Cities, "Members devastated as Duluth synagogue burns to the ground," 9 Sep. 2019 The architectural star of Jefferson’s Monticello is a graceful dome — a unique structure that Sisson had no hope of finding in a salvage yard. Drexel Heikes, Los Angeles Times, "How do you build a replica of Monticello? Brick by scavenged brick," 10 Apr. 2020 Painted in Farrow & Ball’s Breakfast Room Green to match the millwork in the hallway, a $100 steel window from a local salvage yard lets Mitchell keep an eye on kids playing outside. Emma Bazilian, House Beautiful, "How Grace Mitchell Turned a Renovation Nightmare Into a Dream Home," 10 Mar. 2020 In 1996, a new salvage company, Pacific Sea Resources, resumed retrieval of the objects, this time with the participation of archaeologists and other experts. Lorraine Boissoneault, Smithsonian, "An 800-Year-Old Shipwreck Helps Archaeologists Piece Together Asia’s Maritime Trade," 17 May 2018 The Supreme Court ruled unanimously Monday that North Carolina's display of videos and photos of a 300-year-old pirate ship's salvage operation does not amount to piracy. Richard Wolf, USA TODAY, "Ahoy! Supreme Court protects states from copyright lawsuits in Blackbeard pirate ship case," 23 Mar. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb But some countries, desperate to salvage this year’s travel season — and eager to jump-start their economies — are slowly reopening their borders and offering a glimpse of what travel might look like now. NBC News, "Japan to lift state of emergency on Tokyo and four remaining areas," 26 May 2020 Klein ISD officials have tried to salvage as much of the senior year experience as possible for the class of 2020. Melanie Feuk, Houston Chronicle, "Klein ISD valedictorians recount challenges of finishing senior year during a pandemic," 22 May 2020 Democrats accused them of trying to salvage legislation favored by special interests and moved instead to adjourn, arguing the House should return in a special session to focus entirely on the coronavirus and economic relief. Andrew Oxford, azcentral, "Arizona House of Representatives reconvenes, but Senate's absence raises a question: Will this matter?," 19 May 2020 Meanwhile, some residents are trying to salvage their lakefront homes by installing rock or steel sea walls to guard against rising swells. Molly Glick, Popular Science, "The Great Lakes are higher than they’ve ever been, and we’re not sure what will happen next," 15 May 2020 For now, companies are trying all sorts of experiments to salvage the current situation. Ananya Bhattacharya, Quartz India, "Coronavirus lockdown has exposed the serious flaws of India’s gig economy," 28 Apr. 2020 With so much revenue being lost, MLB wants to salvage deals with its TV rights-holders and provide extensive content. Bruce Jenkins, SFChronicle.com, "Giants and A’s in same division? MLB’s latest reported plan full of holes," 10 Apr. 2020 But the vexing question is, just why in the hell would anybody want to salvage Mars One? Andrew Moseman, Popular Mechanics, "A Mystery Investor May Save the Bankrupt Mars One Mission," 12 Feb. 2019 That same day, following a board of governors virtual meeting with NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, owners left encouraged that some kind of season could be salvaged, according to a report from ESPN. oregonlive, "Will NBA return during coronavirus? How a canceled season would affect Portland Trail Blazers, league at large," 14 May 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

Time Traveler

The first known use of salvage was in 1645

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Last Updated

3 Jun 2020

Cite this Entry

“Salvage.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/salvage. Accessed 7 Jun. 2020.

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More Definitions for salvage

salvage

noun
How to pronounce salvage (audio)

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
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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