- The definition of salient is something that is very noticeable, jumps or is prominent.
- An example of salient is a large dark mole on someone's forehead.
- An example of salient is a key point in a proposal.
salient definition by Webster's New World
- leaping, jumping, or capering
- gushing or jetting forth
- pointing outward; jutting or projecting, as an angle
- standing out from the rest; noticeable; conspicuous; prominent
Origin: Classical Latin saliens, present participle of salire, to leap ; from Indo-European base an unverified form sel-, to jump from source Classical Greek halma, a leap
- the part of a battle line, trench, fort, etc. which projects farthest toward the enemy
- a salient angle, part, etc.
salient definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- Projecting or jutting beyond a line or surface; protruding.
- Strikingly conspicuous; prominent. See Synonyms at noticeable.
- Springing; jumping: salient tree toads.
- A military position that projects into the position of the enemy.
- A projecting angle or part.
Origin: Latin saliēns, salient-, present participle of salīre, to leap; see sel- in Indo-European roots.
- saˈli·ent·ly adverb