Definitions of salient

  1. 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"
  2. ( of angles) pointing outward at an angle of less than 180 degrees
  3. ( military) the part of the line of battle that projects closest to the enemy
  4. ( heraldry) represented as leaping ( rampant but leaning forward)
  5. represented as leaping ( rampant but leaning forward)
  6. Moving by leaps or springs; leaping; bounding; jumping.
  7. Shooting out or up; springing; projecting.
  8. Hence, figuratively, forcing itself on the attention; prominent; conspicuous; noticeable.
  9. Represented in a leaping position; as, a lion salient.
  10. A salient angle or part; a projection.
  11. Salience.
  12. Projecting outwardly; as, a salient angle; - opposed to reentering. See Illust. of Bastion.
  13. Leaping or bounding; outstanding; noticeable; as, salient characteristics; projecting outward; as, a salient angle.
  14. A projecting angle.
  15. Saliently.
  16. Leaping or springing: ( fort.) projecting outwards, as an angle: prominent: ( geom.) denoting any angle less than two right angles.
  17. Shooting out; projecting.
  18. Standing out; projecting.
  19. A salient angle.
  20. Leaping; springing; in a leaping posture; projecting outward; prominent.
  21. Leaping; beating; springing; projecting outwards, as an angle; forcing itself on the attention; conspicuous; noticeable.

Usage examples for salient

  1. In a book of this length, one can only record the salient points of conversations and situations; your imaginations must fill up the intervals, reader of mine, if you think it worth the trouble to exercise it. – Barren Honour: A Novel by George A. Lawrence
  2. The first three he read carefully; the following two rather hurriedly; of the next one he seized only the salient and essential points; the seventh and eighth he skimmed; the remainder of the bundle he thrust aside in uncontrollable impatience. – The Blazed Trail by Stewart Edward White
  3. Their salient characteristics, to her mind, were freckles, rudeness, ignorance, and a disposition to tease cats. – Barbara Ladd by Charles G. D. Roberts
  4. There was, indeed, one night after dinner when for a salient moment I had hopes of something different. – London Films by W.D. Howells
  5. The very few Russians in the salient were completely surprised, so much so that some of the superior officers were found at dinner in an underground chamber of the Malakoff, and the French without difficulty obtained absolute possession of the south end of the work. – The Great Events by Famous Historians, Vol. 17 by Charles Francis Horne
  6. If the work is to be salient, the men who do it must have dignity, security, and, in the upper ranks at least, that freedom of mind which you find only where men are not too immediately concerned in practical decision. – Public Opinion by Walter Lippmann
  7. He ran a line south and east and north again and so returned to his starting point by noon with two salient facts outstanding in his mind. – The Hidden Places by Bertrand W. Sinclair
  8. Only the personality of Cobbens was salient in the group, and would have been so even if Leigh's curiosity concerning the man had not been previously aroused. – The Mayor of Warwick by Herbert M. Hopkins
  9. My age was thirty- one years, and my salient characteristic at the time was to hold fast by anything that interested me, until my humour changed. – The Crack of Doom by Robert Cromie
  10. It was with chagrin that she saw Pericles put his fore- finger on a salient dimple of the countess's cheek when he welcomed them. – The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of George Meredith by George Meredith
  11. The red ball is not quite so salient and exciting as the light of a candle, but on that account it can be gazed at longer, without producing a painful re- action. – Education in The Home, The Kindergarten, and The Primary School by Elizabeth P. Peabody
  12. He had been shot in the hip, as he strove to get the men of his company together, and had been carried to the rear just before the Russian advance drove the last remnants of the assailants from the salient. – Jack Archer by G. A. Henty
  13. In my hasty memoirs I can touch only upon the salient points, and make the general picture. – Mohun, or, The Last Days of Lee by John Esten Cooke
  14. She could not, therefore, seize the salient points from the pamphlets and books which she glanced through. – The Time of Roses by L. T. Meade
  15. He would select the salient characteristics of his mental state in presence of a given work of art. – The Psychology of Beauty by Ethel D. Puffer
  16. Although sheep are among the most salient facts of range life, they have, as compared with cattle and horses, been a dim item in the range tradition. – Guide to Life and Literature of the Southwest by J. Frank Dobie
  17. His most salient characteristic seemed to have been that he was " always there." – Comrade Yetta by Albert Edwards
  18. She drew from the past those salient recollections of Arthur and his mother: first, the day the two had called regarding the purchase of a house that her father had just put on the market,- a rambling old colonial affair, her own mother's birth- place. – Parrot & Co. by Harold MacGrath
  19. The enemy's line curves or else has a salient somewhere beyond this point; his line turns somewhere and extends in some form to the James River. – Who Goes There? by Blackwood Ketcham Benson