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 In a salvage operation from May 27 to June 7 of this year, human remains along with the cockpit voice recorder and flight data recorder of the KC-130 tanker were recovered from the ocean floor, the Corps said. Brad Lendon, CNN, "Training and leadership failures blamed for US Marine Corps air crash that killed 6," 24 Sep. 2019 And any parent, of course, is going to opt for limb salvage. Megan Rodriguez, ExpressNews.com, "Founder of San Antonio amputee foundation talks about two decades of changing lives," 5 Aug. 2019 The remainder are sold as salvage with proceeds used to purchase new or reconfigured hearing aids for children. Linda Mcintosh, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Senior Citizens hold ‘Senior Prom”," 2 Aug. 2019 The non-Equity cast is spotty, and some of the costumes look like salvage. Jesse Green, New York Times, "In Chicago’s Vibrant Theater Scene, Two Tales of One City," 7 June 2019 Halbach’s remains were found in the Avery family’s salvage yard. Washington Post, "Judge rejects bid for new trial in ‘Making a Murderer’ case," 10 Aug. 2019 Pacheco’s body was discovered at about 6 a.m. as firefighters responded to a small fire in a wooded area on Granite Street surrounded by auto scrap and metal salvage yards, according to the district attorney’s office. BostonGlobe.com, "Two more arrested in connection with Worcester homicide - The Boston Globe," 16 Sep. 2019 This, where many oilfield workers live in the booming Permian Basin oil fields, is the graceless side of the energy economy, a cluttered zone of mobile homes, oil tanks, service trucks, salvage yards, and endless commercial metal buildings. John Maccormack, ExpressNews.com, "Odessa gunman lived in a dirt-floor shack and once confronted neighbor while carrying a rifle," 2 Sep. 2019 Vintage and retro furnishings, decorative arts, jewelry, Americana, architectural and industrial salvage, and pop culture memorabilia is a sampling of what will be offered at each monthly market on the first Sunday of the month, May through October. Luann Gibbs, Cincinnati.com, "Things to do this week in Cincinnati: Aug. 26-Sept. 2," 26 Aug. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb On Wednesday, Najab Zourob sat on the debris of her former home, next to a bomb crater, as her children tried to salvage belongings. BostonGlobe.com, "“I am very concerned about the ongoing and serious escalation between Palestinian Islamic Jihad and Israel,” Mladenov said. “The UN is working to urgently deescalate the situation.”," 14 Nov. 2019 On Wednesday, Najab Zourob sat on the debris of her former home, next to a bomb crater, as her children tried to salvage belongings. Fares Akram And Josef Federman, chicagotribune.com, "As rockets rain down, Israel intensifies strikes throughout the Gaza Strip," 13 Nov. 2019 Beshear proposed expanding gaming would create the funds needed to salvage the pension program. Julia Fair, Cincinnati.com, "Kentucky governor candidates talk NKY, Brent Spence Bridge, gambling," 29 Oct. 2019 Our priority this time is to salvage the apple season. Riyaz Wani, Quartz India, "India’s Article 370 gambit has created a new arena of violence: Kashmir’s apple orchards," 29 Oct. 2019 The 20-year-old, who is loan from Arsenal, came off the bench to salvage a 1-1 draw for Leeds at Preston last night, as the Yorkshire side missed their chance to go top of the Championship. SI.com, "Marcelo Bielsa Reveals Why Arsenal Loanee Eddie Nketiah Isn't Starting for Leeds," 23 Oct. 2019 So the organization has taken to Twitter to try to salvage some semblance of their normal testing conditions. Wired, "How Meme Culture Changed the PSAT," 17 Oct. 2019 After losing a 17-point lead against Chicago, the Raiders’ offense mounted a 97-yard, go-ahead touchdown drive late in the fourth quarter to salvage a dramatic win. Matt Kawahara, SFChronicle.com, "Raiders at the bye: What have we learned?," 12 Oct. 2019 But, who are these new co-CEOs, and will a change in leadership be enough to salvage a WeWork IPO in 2019? Anne Sraders, Fortune, "Who Are the New Co-CEOs of WeWork—And Can They Salvage the IPO?," 24 Sep. 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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19 Nov 2019

Time Traveler for salvage

The first known use of salvage was in 1645

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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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