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salve1

[sav, sahv] /sæv, sɑv/
noun
1.
a medicinal ointment for healing or relieving wounds and sores.
2.
anything that soothes, mollifies, or relieves.
verb (used with object), salved, salving.
3.
to soothe with or as if with salve; assuage:
to salve one's conscience.
Origin
900
before 900; (noun) Middle English; Old English sealf; cognate with German Salbe salve, Sanskrit sarpis melted butter; (v.) Middle English salven, Old English sealfian
Synonyms
3. ease, alleviate, mollify.

salve2

[salv] /sælv/
verb (used without object), verb (used with object), salved, salving.
1.
to save from loss or destruction; to salvage.
Origin
1700-10; back formation from salvage

salve3

[sal-vee; Latin sahl-wey] /ˈsæl vi; Latin ˈsɑl weɪ/
interjection
1.
Origin
1400-50; late Middle English < Latin salvē! literally, be in good health!; cf. salute
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Examples for salve
  • The pain of tooth decay leads many people to use alcohol as a salve.
  • It is a president's responsibility to salve a national wound.
  • Interest-rate cuts are a salve for debtors and a penalty on savers.
  • More beeswax and cocoa butter will make a stiffer salve.
  • Among his treatments was a salve he marketed for rashes, chicken pox and other ailments.
  • This, however, does little to the salve the underlying dilemma of the episode.
  • What's more, no pill or salve infallibly relieves it.
  • Through eight long years they had to salve their disappointment with marginal gains.
  • If this salve has traction, it is in part because of the shifting marketplace.
  • It was, rather, a salve for politically manipulated public anger at welfare recipients.
British Dictionary definitions for salve

salve1

/sælv; sɑːv/
noun
1.
an ointment for wounds, sores, etc
2.
anything that heals or soothes
verb (transitive)
3.
to apply salve to (a wound, sore, etc)
4.
to soothe, comfort, or appease
Word Origin
Old English sealf; related to Old High German salba, Greek elpos oil, Sanskrit sarpis lard

salve2

/sælv/
verb
1.
a less common word for salvage
2.
an archaic word for save1 (sense 3)
Word Origin
C18: from salvage
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Word Origin and History for salve
salve
O.E. sealf "healing ointment," from W.Gmc. *salbo- "oily substance" (cf. O.S. salba, M.Du. salve, Du. zalf, O.H.G. salba, Ger. salbe "ointment"), from PIE *solpa-, from base *selp- "fat, butter" (cf. Gk. elpos "fat, oil," Skt. sarpis "melted butter"). The figurative sense of "something to soothe wounded pride, etc." is from 1736. The verb is O.E. sealfian "anoint (a wound) with salve," from P.Gmc. *salbojanan (cf. Du. zalven, Ger. salben, Goth. salbon "to anoint").
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salve in Medicine

salve (sāv, säv)
n.
An analgesic or medicinal ointment.


salve v.
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Slang definitions & phrases for salve

salve

noun
  1. Butter (1915+ Hoboes)
  2. Cajolement; flattery; soft soap: I handed him a little salve (1864+)
  3. A bribe; palm oil (1940s+)
  4. Money, esp as a remedy or reward for something unpleasant (1940s+)

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