Salient Definition

sālē-ənt, sālyənt
adjective
Leaping, jumping, or capering.
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Gushing or jetting forth.
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Standing out from the rest; noticeable; conspicuous; prominent.
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Pointing outward; jutting or projecting, as an angle.
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Most important or notable.
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noun
The part of a battle line, trench, fort, etc. which projects farthest toward the enemy.
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A salient angle, part, etc.
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Other Word Forms of Salient

Noun

Singular:
salient
Plural:
salients

Origin of Salient

  • 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

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

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

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