Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • intransitive verb To greet or address with an expression of welcome, goodwill, or respect.
  • intransitive verb To recognize (a superior) with a gesture prescribed by military regulations, as by raising the hand to the cap.
  • intransitive verb To honor formally and ceremoniously.
  • intransitive verb To express warm approval of; commend.
  • intransitive verb To become noticeable to.
  • intransitive verb To make a gesture of greeting or respect.
  • noun An act of greeting; a salutation.
  • noun An act or gesture of welcome, honor, or courteous recognition.
  • noun The position of the hand or rifle or the bodily posture of a person saluting a military superior.
  • noun A formal military display of honor or greeting, such as the firing of cannon.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A gold coin current in the French dominions of Henry V. and Henry VI. of England, weighing about 54 grains.
  • noun An act of expressing kind wishes or respect; a salutation; a greeting.
  • noun A kiss.
  • noun In the army and navy, a compliment paid when a distinguished personage presents himself, when troops or squadrons meet, when officers are buried, or to celebrate an event or show respect to a flag, and on many other ceremonial occasions.
  • noun The position of the sword, rifle, hand, etc., in saluting; the attitude of a person saluting: as, to stand at the salute while the general is passing; specifically, in fencing, a formal greeting of swordsmen when about to engage.
  • noun Synonyms Greeting, etc. See salutation.
  • To wish health to; greet with expressions of respect, good will, affection, etc.
  • To greet with a kiss, a bow, a courtesy, the uncovering of the head, a clasp or a wave of the hand, or the like; especially, in older writers, to kiss.
  • To hail or greet with welcome, honor, homage, etc.; welcome; hail.
  • To honor formally or with ceremonious recognition, as by the firing of cannon, presenting arms, dipping the colors, etc.: as, to salute a general or an admiral; to salute the flag.
  • To touch; affect; influence; excite.
  • To perform a salutation; exchange greetings.
  • To perform a military salute.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The act of saluting, or expressing kind wishes or respect; salutation; greeting.
  • noun A sign, token, or ceremony, expressing good will, compliment, or respect, as a kiss, a bow, etc.
  • noun (Mil. & Naval) A token of respect or honor for some distinguished or official personage, for a foreign vessel or flag, or for some festival or event, as by presenting arms, by a discharge of cannon, volleys of small arms, dipping the colors or the topsails, etc.
  • transitive verb To address, as with expressions of kind wishes and courtesy; to greet; to hail.
  • transitive verb Hence, to give a sign of good will; to compliment by an act or ceremony, as a kiss, a bow, etc.
  • transitive verb (Mil. & Naval) To honor, as some day, person, or nation, by a discharge of cannon or small arms, by dipping colors, by cheers, etc.
  • transitive verb obsolete To promote the welfare and safety of; to benefit; to gratify.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A formal gesture done in honor of someone or something, usually with the hand or hands in one of various particular positions.
  • noun Any action done for the purpose of honor or tribute .
  • verb To make a gesture in honor of someone or something.
  • verb To act in thanks, honor, or tribute; to thank or extend gratitude.
  • verb Ireland, informal to wave, to acknowledge an acquaintance.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb honor with a military ceremony, as when honoring dead soldiers
  • noun an act of greeting with friendly words and gestures like bowing or lifting the hat
  • verb become noticeable
  • noun an act of honor or courteous recognition
  • noun a formal military gesture of respect
  • verb greet in a friendly way
  • verb recognize with a gesture prescribed by a military regulation; assume a prescribed position
  • verb propose a toast to
  • verb express commendation of

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English saluten, from Latin salūtāre, from salūs, salūt-, health; see sol- in Indo-European roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

from Latin salutare "to greet"; literally, "wish health to," from salus (gen. salutis) "greeting, good health", related to salvus "safe".

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