- Present participle of salve.
Variant of salve
- any medicinal ointment applied to wounds, skin irritations, burns, etc. for purposes of soothing or healing
- anything that soothes or heals; balm: a salve for one's conscience
Origin of salveMiddle English ; from Old English sealf, akin to German salbe ; from Indo-European base an unverified form selp-, fat, butter from source Sanskrit sarpis-, melted butter