- Salvage is the act of saving something such as a ship or its cargo, the actual thing which is saved or the value of the goods saved.
- An example of salvage is the protecting of cargo from going overboard.
- An example of salvage is the fixing of a science project that has been destroyed.
- Salvage is defined as to save from something.
An example of salvage is to fix a cake that has begun to burn.
- the voluntary rescue of a ship or its cargo at sea from peril such as fire, shipwreck, capture, etc.
- compensation paid for such a rescue
- the ship or cargo so rescued
- the recovery of a sunken or wrecked ship or its cargo as by divers
- the saving or rescue of any goods, property, etc. from destruction, damage, or waste
- any material, goods, etc. thus saved and sold or put to use
- the value, or proceeds from the sale, of such goods, specif. of damaged goods, as involved in insurance claim settlements
Origin of salvageFrench ; from Middle French ; from salver, to save
- a. The rescue of a ship or its cargo from fire or shipwreck.b. The ship or cargo saved in such a rescue.c. Award given to those who aid in such a rescue when under no obligation to do so, especially in the form of a portion of the cargo.d. The recovery of a sunken ship or its cargo by divers or submersibles.
- a. The act of saving imperiled property from loss.b. The property so saved.
- Something saved from destruction or waste and put to further use.
transitive verbsal·vaged, sal·vag·ing, sal·vag·es
- To save from loss or destruction.
- To save (discarded or damaged material) for further use.
Origin of salvageObsolete French, from Old French salvaige, right of salvage, from Late Latin salvare, from Latin salvus, safe; see sol- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present salvages, present participle salvaging, simple past and past participle salvaged)
- Of property, people or situations at risk, to rescue
- Of discarded goods, to put to use
- To make new or restore for the use of being saved
- Obsolete spelling of savage. [16th-19th c.]
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