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

Mannheim police said Saturday that volunteer firefighters from two nearby towns and a local civil defense team took part in the salvage operation, but an estimated 12,000 euros ($13,330) worth of beer was lost in the crash late Friday. San Diego Union-Tribune, "10,000 bottles of beer on the road: German truck loses load," 3 Aug. 2019 What was once set up to be a treasure hunt is now a salvage operation. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, "Celtics’ future hinges on what Danny Ainge does next," 21 June 2019 The discoverers hired Frederick Allen and his Nautilus Productions to film the wreckage and the salvage operation. David G. Savage, latimes.com, "With Blackbeard’s ship, an argument about 21st century piracy lands in Supreme Court," 3 June 2019 According to Aftenposten, the salvage operation has cost 640 million Krone, or $78 million. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Watch Salvagers Raise a Sunken Norwegian Frigate," 5 Mar. 2019 Late Sunday, the Coast Guard announced that salvage operations to retrieve the sunken boat would begin Monday morning. Barnini Chakraborty, Fox News, "Branson duck boat operator was warned in 2017 of dangers, inspector says," 22 July 2018 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Mr Macron has been trying to salvage the nuclear deal signed by Iran and six world powers in 2015. The Economist, "New fronts open up in the conflict between Israel and Iran," 29 Aug. 2019 With European leaders trying to salvage the deal, Iran continued to abide by it for a year, but tensions with the United States have escalated sharply in the last few months, raising fears of a military clash. Megan Specia, BostonGlobe.com, "Iran’s Rouhani says no talks with Trump until sanctions are lifted," 27 Aug. 2019 France, Germany and the U.K. have tried to salvage the Iranian nuclear deal since Trump withdrew the U.S. from the pact last year. NBC News, "White House officials blindsided by Iranian Foreign Minister Zarif's G-7 appearance," 25 Aug. 2019 Try to salvage the moment by going to the front of the room and making people laugh with your fun dances. Claire Friedman, The New Yorker, "Things to Do During Your Karaoke Song’s Too Long Instrumental Interlude," 31 July 2019 British Prime Minister Theresa May stayed away, trying to salvage a deal for the U.K. to leave the European Union in an orderly manner. Deborah Ball, WSJ, "Executives in Davos Put Brave Face on Jittery Mood," 22 Jan. 2019 Following an investigation into who started the fire, Casey was allowed to re-enter his building and try to salvage any belongings that weren't destroyed by the flames. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "'Chicago Fire' Says Goodbye to Another Star After Its Shocking Return," 10 Jan. 2019 Almost everything went wrong for the Storm for 3½ quarters Sunday, and yet Seattle still had a chance to salvage a win in a game that was otherwise a complete disaster. Percy Allen, The Seattle Times, "Storm falls short at home against Atlanta," 11 June 2018 Connolly would like to salvage his dad's reputation. Michael Heaton, cleveland.com, "'The Assassin's Code' is a terrific crime thriller (review)," 11 May 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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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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