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salvage

[ sal-vij ]
/ ˈsæl vɪdʒ /
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noun
  1. the act of saving a ship or its cargo from perils of the seas.
  2. the property so saved.
  3. compensation given to those who voluntarily save a ship or its cargo.
  1. the act of saving anything from fire, danger, etc.
  2. the property so saved.
the value or proceeds upon sale of goods recovered from a shipwreck, fire, etc.
the act of saving something of use or value from destruction, damage, ruin, loss, or waste: The salvage of carcass parts for pharmaceutical or research use is permitted if it does not interfere with sanitary operations.
verb (used with object), sal·vaged, sal·vag·ing.
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Origin of salvage

First recorded in 1635–45; from Old French; see origin at save1, -age

OTHER WORDS FROM salvage

sal·vage·a·ble, adjectivesal·vag·er, nounun·sal·vaged, adjective

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH salvage

salvage , selvage
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How to use salvage in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for salvage

salvage
/ (ˈsælvɪdʒ) /

noun
verb (tr)
to save or rescue (goods or property) from fire, shipwreck, etc
to gain (something beneficial) from a failureshe salvaged little from the broken marriage

Derived forms of salvage

salvageable, adjectivesalvager, noun

Word Origin for salvage

C17: from Old French, from Medieval Latin salvāgium, from salvāre to save 1
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