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salve

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noun \ˈsav, ˈsäv, ˈsalv, ˈsälv\

Definition of salve

  1. 1 :  an unctuous adhesive substance for application to wounds or sores

  2. 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

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Definition of salve

salved

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salving

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to remedy (something, such as disease) with or as if with a salve

  3. 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

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verb \ˈsalv\

Definition of salve

salved

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salving

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  salvage

salvor

play \ˈsal-vər, -ˌvȯr\ noun

Origin and Etymology of salve

back-formation from salvage


SALVE Defined for English Language Learners

salve

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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

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noun \ˈsav, ˈsäv\

Definition of salve for Students

  1. :  a healing or soothing ointment


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salve

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verb

Definition of salve for Students

salved

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salving

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


Medical Dictionary

noun \ˈsav, ˈsäv, ˈsȧv, ˈsalv, ˈsälv\

Medical Definition of salve

  1. :  an unctuous adhesive substance for application to wounds or sores



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