- 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
- most important or notable
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.
- Noteworthy; important: the salient points of the argument.
- Prominent; conspicuous. See Synonyms at noticeable.
- Projecting or jutting beyond a line or surface; protruding: the salient angles of the polygon.
- 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.