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Meaning of SALIENT

Pronunciation:  'seyleeunt

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  (military) the part of the line of battle that projects closest to the enemy
  2. [adj]  having a quality that thrusts itself into attention; "an outstanding fact of our time is that nations poisoned by anti semitism proved less fortunate in regard to their own freedom"; "a new theory is the most prominent feature of the book"; "salient traits"; "a spectacular rise in prices"; "a striking thing about Picadilly Circus is the statue of Eros in the center"; "a striking resemblance between parent and child"
  3. [adj]  (of angles) pointing outward at an angle of less than 180 degrees

SALIENT is a 7 letter word that starts with S.


 Synonyms: conspicuous, obvious, outstanding, prominent, spectacular, striking
 Antonyms: reentrant, re-entrant
 See Also: line of battle, projection



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Sa"li*ent\, a. [L. saliens, -entis, p. pr. of salire to
    leap; cf. F. saillant. See {Sally}, n. & v. i..]
    1. Moving by leaps or springs; leaping; bounding; jumping.
       ``Frogs and salient animals.'' --Sir T. Browne.
    2. Shooting out or up; springing; projecting.
             He had in himself a salient, living spring of
             generous and manly action.            --Burke.
    3. Hence, figuratively, forcing itself on the attention;
       prominent; conspicuous; noticeable.
             He [Grenville] had neither salient traits, nor
             general comprehensiveness of mind.    --Bancroft.
    4. (Math. & Fort.) Projecting outwardly; as, a salient angle;
       -- opposed to {re["e]ntering}. See Illust. of {Bastion}.
    5. (Her.) Represented in a leaping position; as, a lion
    {Salient angle}. See {Salient}, a., 4.
    {Salient polygon} (Geom.), a polygon all of whose angles are
    {Salient polyhedron} (Geom.), a polyhedron all of whose solid
       angles are salient.
  2. \Sa"li*ent\, a. (Fort.)
    A salient angle or part; a projection.