• IPA: /ˈsælvɪdʒ/


  1. The rescue of a ship, its crew or its cargo from a hazardous situation.
  2. The ship, crew or cargo so rescued.
  3. The compensation paid to the rescuers.
  4. The similar rescue of property liable to loss; the property so rescued.
  5. (sometimes, attributive) Anything put to good use that would otherwise have been wasted, such as damaged goods.
    salvage cars auction
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salvage (salvages, present participle salvaging; past and past participle salvaged)

  1. (transitive, of property, people or situations at risk) to rescue.
  2. (transitive, of discarded goods) to put to use.
  3. (transitive) To make new or restore for the use of being saved.
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salvage (plural salvages)

  1. Obsolete spelling of savage#English|savage [16th-19th c.]
    • 1697, “The Third Book of the Æneis”, in John Dryden, transl., The Works of Virgil: Containing His Pastorals, Georgics, and Æneis. […], London: Printed for Jacob Tonson, […], OCLC 403869432 ↗, lines 855–856, page 292 ↗:
      Cornels, and ſalvage Berries of the Wood, / And Roots and Herbs have been my meagre Food.

salvage (plural salvages)

  1. (Philippine English) summary execution, extrajudicial killing#Noun|killing

salvage (salvages, present participle salvageing; past and past participle salvageed)

  1. (Philippine English) To perform summary execution.
  2. (Philippine English) To apprehend and execute (a suspected criminal) without trial.

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