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salvage

[sal-vij] /ˈsæl vɪdʒ/
noun
1.
the act of saving a ship or its cargo from perils of the seas.
2.
the property so saved.
3.
compensation given to those who voluntarily save a ship or its cargo.
4.
the act of saving anything from fire, danger, etc.
5.
the property saved from danger.
6.
the value or proceeds upon sale of goods recovered from a fire.
verb (used with object), salvaged, salvaging.
7.
to save from shipwreck, fire, etc.
Origin of salvage
1635-1645
1635-45; < Old French; see save1, -age
Related forms
salvageable, adjective
salvageability, noun
salvager, noun
nonsalvageable, adjective
unsalvageable, adjective
unsalvageably, adverb
unsalvaged, adjective
Can be confused
salvage, selvage.
Synonyms
7. retrieve, recover, rescue.
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  • Wrecks were being broken up, with salvageable material used for newer homes.

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British Dictionary definitions for salvageable

salvage

/ˈsælvɪdʒ/
noun
1.
the act, process, or business of rescuing vessels or their cargoes from loss at sea
2.
  1. the act of saving any goods or property in danger of damage or destruction
  2. (as modifier): a salvage operation
3.
the goods or property so saved
4.
compensation paid for the salvage of a vessel or its cargo
5.
the proceeds from the sale of salvaged goods or property
verb (transitive)
6.
to save or rescue (goods or property) from fire, shipwreck, etc
7.
to gain (something beneficial) from a failure: she salvaged little from the broken marriage
Derived Forms
salvageable, adjective
salvager, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Old French, from Medieval Latin salvāgium, from salvāre to save1
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Word Origin and History for salvageable
adj.

by 1915, from salvage (v.) + -able. Salvable is from 1660s in reference to souls; 1797 in reference to ships' cargoes.

salvage

n.

1640s, "payment for saving a ship from wreck or capture," from French salvage (15c.), from Old French salver "to save" (see save (v.)). The general sense of "the saving of property from danger" is attested from 1878. Meaning "recycling of waste material" is from 1918, from the British effort in World War I.

v.

1889, from salvage (n.). Related: Salvaged; salvaging.

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Slang definitions & phrases for salvageable

salvage

verb

To steal; loot; liberate (WWI Army)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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