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Definition of "salve" [‖Sal•ve•sal•salve]

  • An analgesic or medicinal ointment. (noun)
  • Something that soothes or heals; a balm. (noun)
  • Flattery or commendation. (noun)
  • To soothe or heal with or as if with salve. (verb-transitive)
  • To ease the distress or agitation of; assuage: salved my conscience by apologizing. (verb-transitive)

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 "salve" in a sentence
  • "_Arnica salve, Urtica urens, tincture and salve_, and Dr. Reisig's _Homoeopathic Pain Extractor_ are the best specific remedies for _Burns_."
  • "This salve is strong stuff, Page, but there is nothing else for it."
  • "No long term salve was applied to the state's fiscal problems."