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Definition of "salient" [sa•li•ent]

  • Projecting or jutting beyond a line or surface; protruding. (adjective)
  • Strikingly conspicuous; prominent. See Synonyms at noticeable. (adjective)
  • Springing; jumping: salient tree toads. (adjective)
  • A military position that projects into the position of the enemy. (noun)
  • A projecting angle or part. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "salient" in a sentence
  • "_Combatant_: when back to back, they are _Addorsed_: when passant or salient in contrary directions, they are _Counter passant_ or _Counter salient_."
  • "April 22nd, 2010 11: 54 am ET why any free thinking american would consider ANYTHING dick cheney says as relevant, honest, unbiased, or salient is beyond me. thank god this power mad relic has been sent back to wyoming where his vitriol lands on very few ears ..."
  • "I always wonder how authors manage to build and build and build, all the while carefully revealing certain salient details, and then wrap it all up in the conclusion."