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salve

noun \ ˈsav , ˈsäv , ˈsalv , ˈsälv \

Definition of salve

1 :an unctuous adhesive substance for application to wounds or sores
2 :a remedial or soothing influence or agency
  • a salve to their hurt feelings

Origin and Etymology of salve

Middle English, from Old English sealf; akin to Old High German salba salve, Greek olpē oil flask


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salve

verb

Definition of salve

salved; salving
transitive verb
1 :to remedy (something, such as disease) with or as if with a salve
2 :quiet, assuage
  • give him a raise in salary to salve his feelings
  • —Upton Sinclair

First Known Use of salve

before 12th century


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salve

verb \ ˈsalv \

Definition of salve

salved; salving
transitive verb

salvor

play \ˈsal-vər, -ˌvȯr\ noun

Origin and Etymology of salve

back-formation from salvage


SALVE Defined for English Language Learners

salve

noun

Definition of salve for English Language Learners

  • : a creamy substance that you put on a wound to heal it or to make it less painful


SALVE Defined for Kids

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salve

noun \ ˈsav , ˈsäv \

Definition of salve for Students

:a healing or soothing ointment

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salve

verb

Definition of salve for Students

salved; salving
:to quiet or soothe with or as if with a salve

Medical Dictionary

salve

noun \ ˈsav , ˈsäv , ˈsȧv , ˈsalv , ˈsälv \

medical Definition of salve

:an unctuous adhesive substance for application to wounds or sores


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