AskDefine | Define salvage

Dictionary Definition



1 property or goods saved from damage or destruction
2 the act of saving goods or property that were in danger of damage or destruction
3 the act of rescuing a ship or its crew or its cargo from a shipwreck or a fire


1 save from ruin, destruction, or harm [syn: salve, relieve, save]
2 collect discarded or refused material; "She scavenged the garbage cans for food" [syn: scavenge]

User Contributed Dictionary




  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. anything that has been put to good use that would otherwise have been wasted
  6. damaged
    • salvage cars auction.



  1. Of property or people at risk, to rescue
  2. Of discarded goods, to put to use
  3. To make new or restore for the use of being saved


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Extensive Definition

Salvage may refer to:

See also

salvage in French: Salvage
salvage in Japanese: サルベージ
salvage in Dutch: Salvage

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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