Definitions for salientˈseɪ li ənt, ˈseɪl yənt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

sa•li•entˈseɪ li ənt, ˈseɪl yənt(adj.)

  1. prominent or conspicuous:

    salient features.

  2. projecting or pointing outward.

  3. leaping or jumping:

    a salient animal.

  4. (n.)a salient angle or part; an outward projection.

Origin of salient:

1555–65; < L salient-, s. of saliēns, prp. of salīre to spring, jump; see -ent

sa′li•ent•ly(adv.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. salient(adj)

    (military) the part of the line of battle that projects closest to the enemy

  2. outstanding, prominent, salient, spectacular, striking(adj)

    having a quality that thrusts itself into attention

    "an outstanding fact of our time is that nations poisoned by anti semitism proved less fortunate in regard to their own freedom"; "a new theory is the most prominent feature of the book"; "salient traits"; "a spectacular rise in prices"; "a striking thing about Picadilly Circus is the statue of Eros in the center"; "a striking resemblance between parent and child"

  3. salient(adj)

    (of angles) pointing outward at an angle of less than 180 degrees

  4. salient(ip)(adj)

    represented as leaping (rampant but leaning forward)

Wiktionary

  1. salient(Noun)

    an outwardly projecting part of a fortification, trench system, or line of defense

  2. salient(Adjective)

    Worthy of note; pertinent or relevant.

    The article is not exhaustive, but it covers the salient points pretty well.

  3. salient(Adjective)

    Prominent.

  4. salient(Adjective)

    Depicted in a leaping posture.

  5. salient(Adjective)

    Projecting outwards, pointing outwards.

  6. Origin: The heraldic sense "leaping" and the sense "projecting outward" are from saliens, from salio. The senses "prominent" and "pertinent" are relatively recently from the phrase "salient point", which is from the punctum saliens, a translation of Aristotle's term for the embryonal heart visible in (opened) eggs, which he thought seemed to move already. Compare the German calque der springende Punkt.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Salient(verb)

    moving by leaps or springs; leaping; bounding; jumping

  2. Salient(verb)

    shooting out or up; springing; projecting

  3. Salient(verb)

    hence, figuratively, forcing itself on the attention; prominent; conspicuous; noticeable

  4. Salient(verb)

    projecting outwardly; as, a salient angle; -- opposed to reentering. See Illust. of Bastion

  5. Salient(verb)

    represented in a leaping position; as, a lion salient

  6. Salient(adj)

    a salient angle or part; a projection

Freebase

  1. Salient

    Salient is the weekly students' magazine of the Victoria University of Wellington Students' Association at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. Salient was established in 1938 and originally published in newspaper format, but has lately become a magazine. Salient's style and editorial position can change from year to year due to changes in editors. However, the magazine has generally taken a left-wing stance.


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Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

salient(adjective)

main; chief; most noticeable

What were the salient points of his speech?

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