from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The rescue of a ship, its crew, or its cargo from fire or shipwreck.
  • n. The ship, crew, or cargo so rescued.
  • n. Compensation given to those who voluntarily aid in such a rescue.
  • n. The act of saving imperiled property from loss.
  • n. The property so saved.
  • n. Something saved from destruction or waste and put to further use.
  • transitive v. To save from loss or destruction.
  • transitive v. To save (discarded or damaged material) for further use.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. the rescue of a ship, its crew or its cargo from a hazardous situation
  • n. the ship, crew or cargo so rescued
  • n. the compensation paid to the rescuers
  • n. the similar rescue of property liable to loss; the property so rescued
  • n. anything that has been put to good use that would otherwise have been wasted
  • n. damaged
  • v. Of property, people or situations at risk, to rescue
  • v. Of discarded goods, to put to use
  • v. To make new or restore for the use of being saved

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Savage.
  • n. The act of saving a vessel, goods, or life, from perils of the sea.
  • n.
  • n. The compensation allowed to persons who voluntarily assist in saving a ship or her cargo from peril.
  • n. That part of the property that survives the peril and is saved.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of saving a ship or goods from extraordinary danger, as from the sea, fire, or pirates.
  • n. In commercial and maritime law: An allowance or compensation to which those are entitled by whose voluntary exertions, when they were under no legal obligation to render assistance, a ship or goods have been saved from the dangers of the sea, fire, pirates, or enemies.
  • n. The property saved from danger or destruction by the extraordinary and voluntary exertions of the salvors.
  • n. Nautical, same as selvagee.
  • n. An obsolete form of savage.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. property or goods saved from damage or destruction
  • v. save from ruin, destruction, or harm
  • v. collect discarded or refused material
  • n. the act of saving goods or property that were in danger of damage or destruction
  • n. the act of rescuing a ship or its crew or its cargo from a shipwreck or a fire


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Obsolete French, from Old French salvaige, right of salvage, from Late Latin salvāre, from Latin salvus, safe; see sol- in Indo-European roots.

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From Old French salver, from Late Latin salvare ("to make safe, secure, save"), from Latin salvus ("safe").

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Alternative forms.


  • Make what you call a salvage job of it, and your pickings, mister, 'ull be out and away beyond the value of what we've been obliged to make you leave behind you.'

    The Honour of the Flag

  • A mother reaches around the baby strapped on her chest to scoop up beads marked VINTAGE, V for the vast enchanted who sleepwalk through the fair, lifting tongs forged by a local smith, as though to salvage from a great fire icons of a past flimsy as a chain of paper dolls, bare as a brass fist with a missing flagpole.

    Antiques Fair

  • That, I think, could be the enduring lesson we salvage from the Teen Mom phenomenon.

    Stephanie Sylverne: Why We Really Care About Teen Mom

  • Although he works occasionally at commercial salvage, what Travis McGee really likes to salvage is the wounded heart, the "broken bird," usually a very attractive female to whom he offers his own brand of therapy in the large bed of his gently rocking boat.

    The Damned by John D. MacDonald

  • “We must give General Petraeus and the Americans he has the honor to command adequate time to salvage from the wreckage of our past mistakes a measure of stability for Iraq and the Middle East, and a more secure future for the American people,” said McCain.

    McCain focuses on GI Bill, Iraq on Memorial Day

  • Is there a single saving grace that Democrats can salvage from the right wing extremist tilt of the U.S.

    Think Progress » Turley: “There Will Be No One to the Right of Sam Alito on This Court”

  • It is difficult to assess women's involvement in salvage activities.

    Gutenber-e Help Page

  • But at the word salvage the sunburnt man exploded into language so extraordinarily horrible that I stopped aghast.

    Twelve Stories and a Dream, by H. G. Wells

  • The best that we can hope for in Iraq is the outcome we achieved in Vietnam: a stable, ordinary country that someday will become the leading trading partner with the west for whatever industry they can salvage from the wreckage we've left them.

    September 2004

  • Therefore, I believe that it is wrong to think dolefully: what can we salvage from the shattered remnants of the old world?

    Inside the Common Market


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