The most salient feature of Obama's rousing Jerusalem speech was the audience to which it was delivered: college kids.
Meanwhile, the Russians made the salient virtually impregnable.
One salient moment in the book comes during a meeting with JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon.
The most salient poll of all—January's general elections—reflected no different tendencies.
Or is chroma/non-chroma only a salient binary after Daguerre?
Mr. Dalglish delivered a thoroughly characteristic speech, of which we are in a position to give the salient points.
On the eastern side of the salient there were five distinct attacks.
These are the most salient points for comparing the several forms of Ajax.
The engagements on the south of the salient were fought desperately.
At this stage it needed little ingenuity to seize the salient points.
1560s, "leaping," a heraldic term, from Latin salientem (nominative saliens), present participle of salire "to leap," from PIE root *sel- (4) "to jump" (cf. Greek hallesthai "to leap," Middle Irish saltraim "I trample," and probably Sanskrit ucchalati "rises quickly").
It was used in Middle English as an adjective meaning "leaping, skipping." The meaning "pointing outward" (preserved in military usage) is from 1680s; that of "prominent, striking" first recorded 1840, from salient point (1670s), which refers to the heart of an embryo, which seems to leap, and translates Latin punctum saliens, going back to Aristotle's writings. Hence, the "starting point" of anything.
1828, from salient (adj.).