Salve meaning

săv, säv
An ointment, cream, or balm with soothing, healing, or calming effects.
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Salve is to sooth or heal using an ointment, or to give relief.

Spreading a burn cream on sunburn is an example of salve.

A person speaking about a plan that makes a community feel safe and understood is an example of salve.

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To soothe or heal with salve.
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Any thing or action that soothes or heals.
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To heal by applications or medicaments; to apply salve to.
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To heal; to remedy; to cure; to make good.
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(obsolete) To resolve (a difficulty); to refute (an objection); to harmonize (an apparent contradiction).
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The definition of a salve is an ointment or creamy medicine used to heal or sooth a wound or burn, or something that heals.

A burn cream that speeds the healing of burnt skin is an example of a salve.

A city-wide program that helps reduce hunger is an example of a salve.

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An analgesic or medicinal ointment.
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Something that soothes or consoles; a balm.
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To soothe or heal with salve.
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Any medicinal ointment applied to wounds, skin irritations, burns, etc. for purposes of soothing or healing.
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Anything that soothes or heals; balm.

A salve for one's conscience.

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(archaic) To apply salve to (wounds, etc.)
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To soothe; smooth over; assuage.
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(obsolete) To explain away; to mitigate; to excuse.
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Flattery or commendation.
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To ease the distress or agitation of; assuage.

Salved my conscience by apologizing.

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To salvage.
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An analgesic or medicinal ointment.
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To calm or assuage.
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(obsolete, astronomy) To save (the appearances or the phenomena); to explain (a celestial phenomenon); to account for (the apparent motions of the celestial bodies).
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Hail; a greeting.
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To say "salve" to; to greet; to salute.
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Origin of salve

  • Back-formation from salvage or salvable

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

  • Middle English from Old English sealf

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

  • From Old English sealf, from Proto-Germanic *salbō. Akin to Middle Low German salve (Danish salve), Old High German salba (German Salbe), Gothic 𐍃𐌰𐌻𐌱𐍉𐌽𐍃 (salbons) and to Albanian gjalpë (“butter").

    From Wiktionary

  • From Latin salvare (“to save")

    From Wiktionary

  • From Wiktionary