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 (â€œleap, springâ€). 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.