Salient

3 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Salient \Sa"li*ent\, adjective [L. saliens, -entis, p. pr. of salire to leap; cf. F. saillant. See {Sally}, noun & verb (used without an object).]

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}, adjective, 4.

{Salient polygon} (Geom.), a polygon all of whose angles are salient.

{Salient polyhedron} (Geom.), a polyhedron all of whose solid angles are salient.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Salient \Sa"li*ent\, adjective (Fort.) A salient angle or part; a projection.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

salient

adjective

1: having a quality that thrusts itself into attention; "an outstanding fact of our time is that nations poisoned by anti semitism proved less fortunate in regard to their own freedom"; "a new theory is the most prominent feature of the book"; "salient traits"; "a spectacular rise in prices"; "a striking thing about Picadilly Circus is the statue of Eros in the center"; "a striking resemblance between parent and child" [syn: {outstanding}, {prominent}, {salient}, {spectacular}, {striking}]

2: (of angles) pointing outward at an angle of less than 180 degrees [ant: {re-entrant}, {reentrant}]

3: represented as leaping (rampant but leaning forward)

noun

1: (military) the part of the line of battle that projects closest to the enemy


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