Definitions for: Salient


[n] (military) the part of the line of battle that projects closest to the enemy
[adj] 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"
[adj] (of angles) pointing outward at an angle of less than 180 degrees



Webster (1913) Definition: Sa"li*ent, 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 re["e]ntering. 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.


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

Synonyms: conspicuous, obvious, outstanding, prominent, spectacular, striking

Antonyms: reentrant, re-entrant

See Also: line of battle, projection

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