American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Projecting or jutting beyond a line or surface; protruding.
- adj. Strikingly conspicuous; prominent. See Synonyms at noticeable.
- adj. Springing; jumping: salient tree toads.
- n. A military position that projects into the position of the enemy.
- n. A projecting angle or part.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Leaping; bounding; jumping; moving by leaps; specifically, in herpetology, saltatorial; habitually leaping or jumping, as a frog or toad; of or pertaining to the Salientia.
- In heraldry, leaping or springing: said of a beast of prey which is represented bendwise on the escutcheon, the hind feet together at the sinister base, and the fore paws raised and usually on a level, though sometimes separate, nearly as when rampant. Also saliant, assailant, effaré.
- Shooting up or out; springing up.
- Projecting outward; convex: as, a salient angle.
- Standing out; conspicuous; prominent; striking.
- In geometry, an angle bending toward the interior of a closed figure, as an ordinary angle of a polygon: opposed to reëntrant angle.
- n. A salient angle or part; a projection.
- adj. Worthy of note; pertinent or relevant.
- adj. Prominent.
- adj. heraldry Depicted in a leaping posture.
- adj. Projecting outwards, pointing outwards.
- n. military an outwardly projecting part of a fortification, trench system, or line of defense
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Moving by leaps or springs; leaping; bounding; jumping.
- adj. Shooting out or up; springing; projecting.
- adj. Hence, figuratively, forcing itself on the attention; prominent; conspicuous; noticeable.
- adj. (Math. & Fort.) Projecting outwardly; ; -- opposed to
reëntering. See Illust.of Bastion.
- adj. (Her.) Represented in a leaping position.
- adj. (Fort.) A salient angle or part; a projection.
- adj. represented as leaping (rampant but leaning forward)
- adj. having a quality that thrusts itself into attention
- adj. (of angles) pointing outward at an angle of less than 180 degrees
- n. (military) the part of the line of battle that projects closest to the enemy
- Latin saliēns, salient-, present participle of salīre, to leap. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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