salient[sāl′yənt, sā′lē ənt]
- 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.
- 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 of salientClassical 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.
- Strikingly conspicuous; prominent. See Synonyms at noticeable.
- Projecting or jutting beyond a line or surface; protruding: The bell tower is the most salient feature on campus.
- Springing; jumping: salient tree toads.
- A military position that projects into the position of the enemy.
- A projecting angle or part.
Origin of salientLatin saliēns, salient-, present participle of salīre, to leap; see sel- in Indo-European roots.
(comparative more salient, superlative most salient)
The heraldic sense "leaping" and the sense "projecting outward" are from Latin saliens, from saliÅ (“leap, spring"). The senses "prominent" and "pertinent" are relatively recently from the phrase "salient point", which is from the Latin 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.