- IPA: /ˈseɪljənt/, X-SAMPA: /"seIlj@nt/
- Hyphenation: sa‧lient
- 1878, Thomas Hardy, The Return of the Native, Book 2, chapter 5:
- 1898, H. G. Wells, The War of the Worlds Book2, chapter 2:
- 1936, H.P. Lovecraft, The Shadow Over Innsmouth:
- ( prominent ): obscure, trivial
- salient pole
The heraldic sense "leaping" and the sense "projecting outward" are from Latin saliens, from saliō ( “leap, spring” ). The senses "prominent" and "pertinent" are relatively recently from the phrase "salient point", which is from the Latin punctum saliens, a translation of Aristotle's term for the embryonal heart visible in ( opened ) eggs, which he thought seemed to move already. Compare the German calque der springende Punkt .
Quotations1878 18981936ME «15th c.16th c.17th c.18th c.19th c.20th c.21st c.
Explanation of salient by Wordnet Dictionary
- salient traits
- Salient a. [L. saliens, -entis, p. pr. of salire to leap; cf. F. saillant. See Sally, n. & v. i..]
1. Moving by leaps or springs; leaping; bounding; jumping. “Frogs and salient animals.” Sir T. Browne.
2. Shooting out or up; springing; projecting.
He had in himself a salient, living spring of generous and manly action. Burke.
3. Hence, figuratively, forcing itself on the attention; prominent; conspicuous; noticeable.
He [Grenville] had neither salient traits, nor general comprehensiveness of mind. Bancroft.
4. ( Math. & Fort. ) Projecting outwardly; as, “a salient angle”; -- opposed to reentering. See Illust. of Bastion.
5. ( Her. ) Represented in a leaping position; as, “a lion salient”.
Salient angle. See Salient, a., 4. -- Salient polygon ( Geom. ), a polygon all of whose angles are salient. -- Salient polyhedron ( Geom. ), a polyhedron all of whose solid angles are salient.
- Salient, a. ( Fort. ) A salient angle or part; a projection.
Definition of salient by GCIDE Dictionary