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 Anything that isn’t able to be reunited with their owner within 30 days is sent to the DFW Airport salvage yard and disposed of or auctioned. Nataly Keomoungkhoun, Dallas News, "What happens to unclaimed items found at DFW or Love Field airports? Curious Texas investigates," 19 June 2020 That area is covered by artificial turf that her father, Chad, bought from a salvage yard near Wolff Stadium. David Hinojosa, ExpressNews.com, "Area soccer player garners national attention, ESPY nomination for trick shots," 18 June 2020 So there's a sense of urgency driving salvage efforts. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "US court grants permission to recover Marconi telegraph from Titanic wreckage," 28 May 2020 Seven Doors is so named because of a group of doors that Lynn, an artist, found at a salvage company and is displaying in the restaurant. Sarah Blaskovich, Dallas News, "22 new restaurants that opened amid the coronavirus pandemic in Dallas-Fort Worth," 16 June 2020 Late fees are now waived through June 30 for driver's license or ID card renewals, vehicle registration renewals, title transactions, off-road vehicle and snowmobile registration renewals, and salvage titles. Ethan May, The Indianapolis Star, "You will soon no longer need an appointment to go to the BMV. Here are other changes.," 10 June 2020 During a 2017 hearing, the judge said the court’s salvage jurisdiction over the Titanic was established by the US Supreme Court. Ben Finley, BostonGlobe.com, "US challenges planned expedition to retrieve Titanic’s radio," 9 June 2020 That’s when the French automaker dispatched Ghosn to Nissan, who pulled off one of the most dramatic salvage jobs in auto industry history. Reed Stevenson, Bloomberg.com, "Nissan Email Trail Casts New Light on Carlos Ghosn Takedown," 15 June 2020 The pandemic archive is a little farther along than the Carver’s project, which is a bit of a salvage operation. Deborah Martin, ExpressNews.com, "Archive projects underway at McNay Art Museum and Carver Community Cultural Center in San Antonio," 10 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb But the problems are especially serious for Nissan Motor Co., which already was fighting to salvage its reputation after the financial misconduct scandal of its former star executive Carlos Ghosn. Washington Post, "Nissan officials face angry shareholders on red ink, scandal," 29 June 2020 Restrictions have been eased in many places to help salvage the ailing Philippine economy, but Cebu resumed a strict lockdown this month after new cases spiked. Emily Schmall, Anchorage Daily News, "Governments backtracking as confirmed virus cases surge," 29 June 2020 Now Grassley, working to salvage the effort, is planning to call for his bill to be included in the next round of coronavirus relief legislation that Congress is expected to consider later this summer, according to a senior Republican aide. Noah Weiland, BostonGlobe.com, "As the coronavirus spreads, drug pricing legislation remains stalled," 27 June 2020 As of now, the NFL’s goal is to salvage the season. Michael Gehlken, Dallas News, "With Canton postponed, there’s no reason to further delay Jimmy Johnson’s invite to Cowboys’ Ring of HonorThis article has comments enabled.," 25 June 2020 South Africa’s government has also eased restrictions to salvage its economy. Pauline Bax, Bloomberg.com, "Virus Surge Threatens Developing Nations Exiting Lockdown," 23 June 2020 What emerged from the nearly 50 hours of conversation was a consistent narrative about how restaurants can salvage their business—and how hard that will be. Matt Goulding, The Atlantic, "Our Weird Restaurant Future," 19 June 2020 The process is called rail preservation and it’s a strategy that’s been deployed all over the state in recent decades by the Wisconsin DOT, attempting to salvage jobs and industry in rural areas as railroads take smaller rail lines out of service. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wisconsin saved Plymouth’s rail line, but drivers at risk because of inadequate safety measures," 19 June 2020 As brides and grooms scramble to salvage their plans amid the outbreak of COVID-19 — some like Johns and Ellis have moved the date multiple times with the help of a wedding planner. Kirby Adams, The Courier-Journal, "Cry no more, summer brides. This Louisville-based Tiny Wedding concept may save the day," 18 June 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 Jul 2020

Cite this Entry

“Salvage.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/salvage. Accessed 8 Jul. 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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