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

  • transitive verb To salvage.
  • noun An analgesic or medicinal ointment.
  • noun Something that soothes or consoles; a balm.
  • noun Flattery or commendation.
  • transitive verb To soothe or heal with salve.
  • transitive verb To ease the distress or agitation of; assuage.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Hail!
  • To apply salve to; heal; cure.
  • To help; remedy; redeem; atone for.
  • noun An adhesive composition or substance to be applied to wounds or sores; an ointment or cerate.
  • noun Hence Help; remedy.
  • An obsolete form of save.
  • To salute or greet with the exclamation “Salve!”
  • 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.

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

  • verb Recent To save, as a ship or goods, from the perils of the sea.
  • noun An adhesive composition or substance to be applied to wounds or sores; a healing ointment.
  • noun A soothing remedy or antidote.
  • noun (Zoöl.) a large, stout isopod crustacean (Æga psora), parasitic on the halibut and codfish, -- used by fishermen in the preparation of a salve. It becomes about two inches in length.
  • transitive verb To heal by applications or medicaments; to cure by remedial treatment; to apply salve to.
  • transitive verb 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.
  • interjection Hail!
  • transitive verb obsolete To say “Salve” to; to greet; to salute.

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

  • verb obsolete 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).
  • verb obsolete to resolve (a difficulty); to refute (an objection); to harmonize (an apparent contradiction).
  • verb obsolete To explain away; to mitigate; to excuse
  • noun An ointment, cream, or balm with soothing, healing, or calming effects.
  • noun Any thing or action that soothes or heals.
  • verb transitive To calm or assuage.
  • verb To salvage.

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

  • noun semisolid preparation (usually containing a medicine) applied externally as a remedy or for soothing an irritation
  • noun anything that remedies or heals or soothes
  • verb save from ruin, destruction, or harm
  • verb apply a salve to, usually for the purpose of healing

Etymologies

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

[Back-formation from salvage or salvable.]

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

[Middle English, from Old English sealf.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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").

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Latin salvare ("to save")

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