salve

noun
\ ˈsav How to pronounce salve (audio) , ˈsäv, ˈsalv, ˈsälv \

Definition of salve

 (Entry 1 of 3)

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

salve

verb (1)
salved; salving

Definition of salve (Entry 2 of 3)

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

salve

verb (2)
\ ˈsalv How to pronounce salve (audio) \
salved; salving

Definition of salve (Entry 3 of 3)

Other Words from salve

Verb (2)

salvor \ ˈsal-​vər How to pronounce salvor (audio) , -​ˌvȯr \ noun

First Known Use of salve

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb (1)

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb (2)

circa 1706, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for salve

Noun

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

Verb (2)

back-formation from salvage

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The first known use of salve was before the 12th century

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“Salve.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/salve. Accessed 19 January 2020.

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salve

noun
How to pronounce salve (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of salve

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

salve

noun
\ ˈsav How to pronounce salve (audio) , ˈsäv \

Kids Definition of salve

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a healing or soothing ointment

salve

verb
salved; salving

Kids Definition of salve (Entry 2 of 2)

: to quiet or soothe with or as if with a salve

salve

noun
\ ˈsav How to pronounce salve (audio) , ˈsäv How to pronounce salve (audio) , ˈsȧv How to pronounce salve (audio) , ˈsalv, ˈsälv \

Medical Definition of salve

: an unctuous adhesive substance for application to wounds or sores

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