- a medicinal ointment for healing or relieving wounds and sores.
- anything that soothes, mollifies, or relieves.
- to soothe with or as if with salve; assuage: to salve one's conscience.
Origin of salve1
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- to save from loss or destruction; to salvage.
Origin of salve2
Examples from the Web for salving
The survivors needed hope for a brighter future, and Murakami sought to supply a salving narrative through his art.Takashi Murakami’s Art From Disaster
November 28, 2014
The regiment after salving its wounds resumed its watchful march.The Rock of Chickamauga
Joseph A. Altsheler
William yielded, salving his conscience by refusing to speak to the girl.In a Little Town
It welcomed us from the rumour of battle with a most salving peace.John Splendid
Alma asked, salving her self-respect with a poor affectation of haughtiness.The Whirlpool
Then, with the salving of his torment, his senses seemed to return.Neighbors Unknown
Charles G. D. Roberts
- an ointment for wounds, sores, etc
- anything that heals or soothes
- to apply salve to (a wound, sore, etc)
- to soothe, comfort, or appease
Word Origin and History for salving
Old English sealf "healing ointment," from West Germanic *salbo- "oily substance" (cf. Old Saxon salba, Middle Dutch salve, Dutch zalf, Old High German salba, German salbe "ointment"), from PIE *solpa-, from root *selp- "fat, butter" (cf. Greek elpos "fat, oil," Sanskrit sarpis "melted butter"). The figurative sense of "something to soothe wounded pride, etc." is from 1736.
Old English sealfian "anoint (a wound) with salve," from Proto-Germanic *salbojanan (cf. Dutch zalven, German salben, Gothic salbon "to anoint"), from the root of salve (n.). Figurative use from c.1200. Related: Salved; salving.
"to save from loss at sea," 1706, back-formation from salvage (n.) or salvable. Related: Salved; salving.
- An analgesic or medicinal ointment.