- to save from shipwreck, fire, etc.
Origin of salvage
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Examples from the Web for salvage
Sen. Mary Landrieu did everything she could Monday night to salvage the shards of her bid for a fourth term in the U.S. Senate.Democrats Leave Senator Landrieu for Dead
December 2, 2014
None of this is to say that the wreck and salvage of the Costa Concordia should have received less attention.
It was a negligent accident that cost more than 30 lives, including a salvage diver who perished working on the wreck.
Two full hotels on Giglio port have been rented entirely for two years for the salvage crews and the command center.Saying Goodbye to the Salvage Saviors of Giglio
Barbie Latza Nadeau
July 21, 2014
“Sometimes stuff just happens,” Lerner emailed the IRS techs in 2011 as they tried to salvage her hard drive.Paging Rose Mary Woods: Obama’s Unbelievable Missing IRS Emails
June 18, 2014
Madden shook his head, "No, I believe we ought to get salvage on the whole dock."The Cruise of the Dry Dock
T. S. Stribling
A pretty piece of salvage, he reflected, if he could land her on Mars.Salvage in Space
John Stewart Williamson
I fetched the water bucket and started to salvage what I could of the cargo.Shavings
Joseph C. Lincoln
Always glad to pick up a derelict, may be a chance for salvage, you know.Keziah Coffin
Joseph C. Lincoln
Will the salvage warrant helping us into port; that is, New Orleans?The Strollers
Frederic S. Isham
- the act, process, or business of rescuing vessels or their cargoes from loss at sea
- the act of saving any goods or property in danger of damage or destruction
- (as modifier)a salvage operation
- the goods or property so saved
- compensation paid for the salvage of a vessel or its cargo
- the proceeds from the sale of salvaged goods or property
- to save or rescue (goods or property) from fire, shipwreck, etc
- to gain (something beneficial) from a failureshe salvaged little from the broken marriage
Word Origin and History for salvage
1640s, "payment for saving a ship from wreck or capture," from French salvage (15c.), from Old French salver "to save" (see save (v.)). The general sense of "the saving of property from danger" is attested from 1878. Meaning "recycling of waste material" is from 1918, from the British effort in World War I.
1889, from salvage (n.). Related: Salvaged; salvaging.