salve

1
[ sav, sahv ]
/ sæv, sɑv /
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noun

a medicinal ointment for healing or relieving wounds and sores.
anything that soothes, mollifies, or relieves.

verb (used with object), salved, salv·ing.

to soothe with or as if with salve; assuage: to salve one's conscience.

Nearby words

  1. salvation army,
  2. salvation jane,
  3. salvationist,
  4. salvator rosa,
  5. salvatore,
  6. salve regina,
  7. salvemini,
  8. salvemini, gaetano,
  9. salver,
  10. salverform

Origin of salve

1
before 900; (noun) Middle English; Old English sealf; cognate with German Salbe salve, Sanskrit sarpis melted butter; (v.) Middle English salven, Old English sealfian

SYNONYMS FOR salve

salve

2
[ salv ]
/ sælv /

verb (used with or without object), salved, salv·ing.

to save from loss or destruction; to salvage.

Origin of salve

2
First recorded in 1700–10; back formation from salvage

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British Dictionary definitions for salving

salve

1
/ (sælv, sɑːv) /

noun

an ointment for wounds, sores, etc
anything that heals or soothes

verb (tr)

to apply salve to (a wound, sore, etc)
to soothe, comfort, or appease

Word Origin for salve

Old English sealf; related to Old High German salba, Greek elpos oil, Sanskrit sarpis lard

salve

2
/ (sælv) /

verb

a less common word for salvage
an archaic word for save 1 (def. 3)

Word Origin for salve

C18: from salvage

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Word Origin and History for salving
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Medicine definitions for salving

salve

[ săv, säv ]

n.

An analgesic or medicinal ointment.
Related formssalve v.


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