- Salvage is the act of saving something such as a ship or its cargo, the actual thing which is saved or the value of the goods saved.
- An example of salvage is the protecting of cargo from going overboard.
- An example of salvage is the fixing of a science project that has been destroyed.
- Salvage is defined as to save from something.
An example of salvage is to fix a cake that has begun to burn.
- the voluntary rescue of a ship or its cargo at sea from peril such as fire, shipwreck, capture, etc.
- compensation paid for such a rescue
- the ship or cargo so rescued
- the recovery of a sunken or wrecked ship or its cargo as by divers
- the saving or rescue of any goods, property, etc. from destruction, damage, or waste
- any material, goods, etc. thus saved and sold or put to use
- the value, or proceeds from the sale, of such goods, specif. of damaged goods, as involved in insurance claim settlements
Origin of salvageFrench from Middle French from salver, to save
transitive verb-·vaged, -·vag·ing
- a. The rescue of a ship or its cargo from fire or shipwreck.b. The ship or cargo saved in such a rescue.c. Award given to those who aid in such a rescue when under no obligation to do so, especially in the form of a portion of the cargo.d. The recovery of a sunken ship or its cargo by divers or submersibles.
- a. The act of saving imperiled property from loss.b. The property so saved.
- Something saved from destruction or waste and put to further use.
transitive verbsal·vaged, sal·vag·ing, sal·vag·es
- To save from loss or destruction.
- To save (discarded or damaged material) for further use.
Origin of salvageObsolete French from Old French salvaige right of salvage from Late Latin salvāre from Latin salvus safe ; see sol- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present salvages, present participle salvaging, simple past and past participle salvaged)
- Of property, people or situations at risk, to rescue
- Of discarded goods, to put to use
- To make new or restore for the use of being saved
- Obsolete spelling of savage. [16th-19th c.]
salvage - Legal Definition