verb (used with object), sal·vaged, sal·vag·ing.

to save from shipwreck, fire, etc.

Origin of salvage

From Old French, dating back to 1635–45; see origin at save1, -age
Related formssal·vage·a·ble, adjectivesal·vage·a·bil·i·ty, nounsal·vag·er, nounnon·sal·vage·a·ble, adjectiveun·sal·vage·a·ble, adjectiveun·sal·vage·a·bly, adverbun·sal·vaged, adjective
Can be confusedsalvage selvage

Synonyms for salvage Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for salvages

regain, restore, retrieve, redeem, recover, reclaim, ransom, glean, deliver, salve

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British Dictionary definitions for salvages



the act, process, or business of rescuing vessels or their cargoes from loss at sea
  1. the act of saving any goods or property in danger of damage or destruction
  2. (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

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 Formssalvageable, adjectivesalvager, noun

Word Origin for salvage

C17: from Old French, from Medieval Latin salvāgium, from salvāre to save 1
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Word Origin and History for salvages



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.

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