Friday, September 15, 2000
Definitions for salient
- Shooting out or up; projecting.
- Forcing itself on the attention; prominent; conspicuous; noticeable.
- Leaping; springing; jumping.
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Citations for salient
He was killed during an attack on German positions dug into Ploegsteert Wood on the Ypres salient.
He gave science an exciting, positive image when many Americans were skeptical of it, worried that its most salient effect was to disenchant the universe and undercut religion.
Origin of salient
Salient derives from the present participle of Latin salire, to leap. Other words deriving from salire are sally, to leap forth or rush out suddenly; and perhaps salmon, the "leaping" fish.