Salient meaning

sālē-ənt, sālyənt
Most important or notable.
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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.

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Strikingly conspicuous; prominent.
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A military position that projects into the position of the enemy.
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Projecting or jutting beyond a line or surface; protruding.

The bell tower is the most salient feature on campus.

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A projecting angle or part.
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Standing out from the rest; noticeable; conspicuous; prominent.
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A salient angle, part, etc.
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The part of a battle line, trench, fort, etc. which projects farthest toward the enemy.
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Springing; jumping.

Salient tree toads.

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The article is not exhaustive, but it covers the salient points pretty well.

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(heraldry, usually of a quadruped) Depicted in a leaping posture.

A lion salient.

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(often military) Projecting outwards, pointing outwards.

A salient angle.

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(military) An outwardly projecting part of a fortification, trench system, or line of defense.
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Pointing outward; jutting or projecting, as an angle.
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Origin of salient

  • Latin saliēns salient- present participle of salīre to leap sel- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • The heraldic sense "leaping" and the sense "projecting outward" are from Latin saliens, from saliō (“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.

    From Wiktionary