Nov
14
2013

salient

Posted in Word of the Day by admin

seI li ənt
seIl yənt

adjective

1. extremely noticeable or prominent; conspicuous; important.
example: I remember the salient points of the discussion but not all the details.
quotation: The red cloth beneath her feet looked rich in the light of lamps placed on high pedestals on either side of the stage; it gave her figure a setting of colour which made it more pure and salient. (Henry James, The Bostonians)

2. projecting or protruding outward.
example: a salient line.

noun

1. an angle or part that projects or protrudes.

2. the section of a battle line that projects toward the enemy.
example: In the Ypres salient, troops were surrounded on three sides by enemy territory.

NYTMap2ndBattleOfYpres1915

 

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