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Dictionary Definition

salve

Noun

1 semisolid preparation (usually containing a medicine) applied externally as a remedy or for soothing an irritation [syn: ointment, unction, unguent, balm]
2 anything that remedies or heals or soothes; "he needed a salve for his conscience"

Verb

1 save from ruin, destruction, or harm [syn: salvage, relieve, save]
2 apply a salve to, usually for the purpose of healing

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English

Noun

  1. An ointment, cream or balm with soothing, healing or calming effects.
  2. Anything or action that soothes or heals.

Translations

ointment, cream or balm
  • Finnish: voide, salva, balsami
something that soothes or heals
  • Finnish: balsami

Verb

  1. To calm or assuage.
  2. To salvage.

Translations

to calm or assuage
  • Finnish: rauhoittaa
to salvage
  • Finnish: pelastaa

French

Pronunciation

Noun

salve
  1. salvo, volley of shots.

See also

Italian

Adjective

salve p

Interjection

salve!
  1. hello!; hi!; hail!

Noun

salve
  1. Plural of salva

Latin

Etymology

Presumably from an unattested verb salveo

Interjection

  1. hail!, welcome!, farewell!

Usage notes

  • This is the singular form. When greeting a group, salvete is used.

Related terms

Extensive Definition

For the Italian city, see Salve, Italy.
For the Roman greeting, see Salve (greeting).
A salve is a medical ointment used to soothe the head or other body surface. A popular eye medicine known as "Phrygian powder" was one of Laodicea's sources of wealth. The medical school at Laodicea was famous for the preparation and use of this eye salve.
A drawing salve is a salve used to treat boils, ingrown toenails, splinters, etc. It is also known as Black Ointment, or Icthyol Salve. The main ingredients are often ichthammol, phenyl alcohol, or arnica montana, and several familiar herbs such as echinacea or calendula. Many people can use this product to help treat pimples and other skin defects.

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