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Word of the Day
Friday, September 15, 2000

Definitions for salient

  1. Shooting out or up; projecting.
  2. Forcing itself on the attention; prominent; conspicuous; noticeable.
  3. 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. Russell Jenkins and Stephen Farrell, Times (London)
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. David A. Hollinger, New York Times
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.