What does salient mean?

Definitions for salientˈseɪ li ənt, ˈseɪl yənt

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word salient.

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)


  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)


  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

  7. Origin: [L. saliens, -entis, p. pr. of salire to leap; cf. F. saillant. See Sally, n. & v. i..]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Salient

    sā′li-ent, adj. leaping or springing: (fort.) projecting outwards, as an angle: prominent: striking: (geom.) denoting any angle less than two right angles: (her.) of a beast of prey nearly rampant.—n. Sā′lience, the quality or condition of being salient: projection: (Spens.) a leaping, assaulting, onslaught.—adv. Sā′liently. [Fr.,—L. saliens, -entis, pr.p. of salīre, to leap.]

Anagrams for salient »

  1. elastin, entails, Latines, nail set, saltine, staniel


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of salient in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of salient in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Rick Hasen:

    He could nominate a more liberal candidate who would have no real chance of getting through a Republican Senate - in which case this would become a salient political issue in 2016.

  2. Donald Trump:

    We have no idea who is coming into our country, no idea if they like us or hate us, i wrote something today that is very salient … and probably not very politically correct. But I do n’t care.

  3. Jose Ortega y Gasset:

    We cannot put off living until we are ready. The most salient characteristic of life is its coerciveness it is always urgent, 'here and now,' without any possible postponement. Life is fired at us point-blank.

  4. David Hammond:

    One of the challenges for cigarette warnings is that many of the most severe health consequences don’t appear for a number of years, images help to make these health consequences more salient and real for youth and young adults.

  5. David Hammond:

    One of the challenges for cigarette warnings is that many of the most severe health consequences do n’t appear for a number of years, images help to make these health consequences more salient and real for youth and young adults.

Images & Illustrations of salient

  1. salientsalientsalient

Translations for salient

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

Get even more translations for salient »


Find a translation for the salient definition in other languages:

Select another language:

Discuss these salient definitions with the community:

Word of the Day

Would you like us to send you a FREE new word definition delivered to your inbox daily?

Please enter your email address:     


Use the citation below to add this definition to your bibliography:


"salient." Definitions.net. STANDS4 LLC, 2018. Web. 20 Mar. 2018. <https://www.definitions.net/definition/salient>.

Are we missing a good definition for salient? Don't keep it to yourself...

Nearby & related entries:

Alternative searches for salient:

Thanks for your vote! We truly appreciate your support.