from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An analgesic or medicinal ointment.
- n. Something that soothes or heals; a balm.
- n. Flattery or commendation.
- transitive v. To soothe or heal with or as if with salve.
- transitive v. To ease the distress or agitation of; assuage: salved my conscience by apologizing.
- transitive v. To salvage.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. An ointment, cream, or balm with soothing, healing, or calming effects.
- n. Any thing or action that soothes or heals.
- v. To calm or assuage.
- v. To salvage.
- v. An astronomical term meaning to save (the appearances or the phenomena); to explain (a celestial phenomenon); to account for (the apparent motions of the celestial bodies).
- v. to resolve (a difficulty); to refute (an objection); to harmonize (an apparent contradiction).
- v. To explain away; to mitigate; to excuse
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- interj. Hail!
- transitive v. To say “Salve” to; to greet; to salute.
- n. An adhesive composition or substance to be applied to wounds or sores; a healing ointment.
- n. A soothing remedy or antidote.
- transitive v. To heal by applications or medicaments; to cure by remedial treatment; to apply salve to.
- transitive v. To heal; to remedy; to cure; to make good; to soothe, as with an ointment, especially by some device, trick, or quibble; to gloss over.
- v. To save, as a ship or goods, from the perils of the sea.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An adhesive composition or substance to be applied to wounds or sores; an ointment or cerate.
- n. Hence Help; remedy.
- To apply salve to; heal; cure.
- To help; remedy; redeem; atone for.
- An obsolete form of save.
- To save, as a ship or goods, from danger or destruction, as from shipwreck or fire: as, to salve a cargo.
- To save anything, as the cargo of a ship, from destruction.
- To salute or greet with the exclamation “Salve!”
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. semisolid preparation (usually containing a medicine) applied externally as a remedy or for soothing an irritation
- n. anything that remedies or heals or soothes
- v. save from ruin, destruction, or harm
- v. apply a salve to, usually for the purpose of healing
Middle English, from Old English sealf.
Back-formation from salvage or salvable.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth 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"). (Wiktionary)
From Latin salvare ("to save") (Wiktionary)