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[sey-lee-uh ns, seyl-yuh ns] /ˈseɪ li əns, ˈseɪl yəns/
the state or condition of being salient.
a salient or projecting object, part, or feature.
Origin of salience
1830-40; see salient, -ence Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • It is a salience complete, dominating, unapproached, but one which must infallibly diminish with time.

    Painted Windows Harold Begbie
  • By constricting187 the waist it accentuates the salience of the bosom and hips.

    Woman and Womanhood C. W. Saleeby
  • In the Khorsabad relief (Fig. 107) the salience of these horns is less marked.

  • From this salience her small chin retreated delicately into her pink throat.

    The Tree of Heaven May Sinclair
  • For it is, I am compelled to think, the salience of personality.

    Painted Windows Harold Begbie
  • Her eyes were bright and resolute, and the lamplight threw into salience the curve of her jaw and chin.

    Command William McFee
  • In it the chisel has merely reproduced the contours of the eyelids and the salience of the eyeball.

Word Origin and History for salience

1836, "quality of leaping;" see salient (adj.) + -ence. Meaning "quality of standing out" is from 1849.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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