saliency

[sey-lee-uhn-see, seyl-yuhn-]
noun, plural saliencies.

Origin:
1655–65; see salient, -ency

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salient (ˈseɪlɪənt)
 
adj
1.  prominent, conspicuous, or striking: a salient feature
2.  Compare re-entrant (esp in fortifications) projecting outwards at an angle of less than 180°
3.  geometry Compare re-entrant (of an angle) pointing outwards from a polygon and hence less than 180°
4.  (esp of animals) leaping
 
n
5.  military a projection of the forward line into enemy-held territory
6.  a salient angle
 
[C16: from Latin salīre to leap]
 
'salience
 
n
 
'saliency
 
n
 
'saliently
 
adv

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In this way, attention to saliency works as the main stimulus that can polarize the activity of the system.
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