salve

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v salve apply a salve to, usually for the purpose of healing
    • v salve save from ruin, destruction, or harm
    • n salve anything that remedies or heals or soothes "he needed a salve for his conscience"
    • n salve semisolid preparation (usually containing a medicine) applied externally as a remedy or for soothing an irritation
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Salve A soothing remedy or antidote. "Counsel or consolation we may bring. Salve to thy sores."
    • Salve An adhesive composition or substance to be applied to wounds or sores; a healing ointment.
    • interj Salve Hail!
    • Salve To heal by applications or medicaments; to cure by remedial treatment; to apply salve to; as, to salve a wound.
    • Salve To heal; to remedy; to cure; to make good; to soothe, as with an ointment, especially by some device, trick, or quibble; to gloss over. "But Ebranck salved both their infamies
      With noble deeds."
      "What may we do, then, to salve this seeming inconsistence?"
    • v. t. & i Salve To save, as a ship or goods, from the perils of the sea.
    • v. t Salve To say “Salve” to; to greet; to salute. "By this that stranger knight in presence came,
      And goodly salved them."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n salve An adhesive composition or substance to be applied to wounds or sores; an ointment or cerate.
    • n salve Hence Help; remedy.
    • salve To apply salve to; heal; cure.
    • salve To help; remedy; redeem; atone for.
    • salve An obsolete form of save.
    • salve To save, as a ship or goods, from danger or destruction, as from shipwreck or fire: as, to salve a cargo.
    • salve To save anything, as the cargo of a ship, from destruction.
    • salve Hail.
    • salve To salute or greet with the exclamation “Salve!”
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Salve säv (B.) an ointment: anything to cure sores
    • v.t Salve to heal, help
    • v.t Salve sal′vē (Spens.) to salute
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. sealf, ointment; akin to LG. salwe, D. zalve, zalf, OHG. salba, Dan. salve, Sw. salfva, Goth. salbōn, to anoint, and probably to Gr. (Hesychius) oil, butter, Skr. sarpis, clarified butter. √155, 291
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. salve, God save you, hail! imper. of salvēre, to be well.

Usage

In literature:

This provided an effective salve for many a pious slaveholder's conscience.
"The Journal of Negro History, Volume 2, 1917" by Various
So you had a salve for your conscience right then.
"The Camp Fire Girls on the March" by Jane L. Stewart
Now mothers have a way of finding a salve for every hurt.
"The Rose of Old St. Louis" by Mary Dillon
The little forefinger told the story, and it had to be wrapped in some cooling salve and a soft piece of linen.
"Sandman's Goodnight Stories" by Abbie Phillips Walker
Paul quickly opened the case, and produced a little box containing a cooling salve his father had given him.
"The Banner Boy Scouts on a Tour" by George A. Warren
He was but a boy of flesh and blood, and sympathy is a sweet salve for smarting flesh and blood.
"Follow My leader" by Talbot Baines Reed
Fullerton, as usual, did not salve the wound.
"The Cock-House at Fellsgarth" by Talbot Baines Reed
Now, how is that for a salve to your wounded feelings, eh?
"A Middy in Command" by Harry Collingwood
Mayhap if he put some salve to him, he might get home on his own feet.
"The Armourer's Prentices" by Charlotte M. Yonge
He thought the woman's wit was about to prevail, and to salve over the offence.
"All's Well" by Emily Sarah Holt
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In poetry:

Like tyrant, cruel wounds she gives,
Like surgeon, salve she lends;
But salve and sore have equal force,
For death is both their ends.
"Love's Servile Lot" by Robert Southwell
Thy sin unto the clergyman confess,
And he will give thee salves that seldom fail,
Such as most likely will ensure success,
According to the nature of thy ail.
"An Admonition To The Sick To Call For A Clergyman And A Physician, And To Shun All Charms, &c. &c." by Rees Prichard
'Twill give thee bread, to sate thy soul —
'Twill give thee milk, to feed the poor —
'Twill give thee wine, to fill thy bowl —
'Twill give a salve for ev'ry sore —
"Advice To Hear, And To Read, The Word Of God" by Rees Prichard
There is no salve, that ever yet was found,
Nor medicine, can heal sin's deadly wound,
Besides our blessed Saviour's precious blood,
The sole specific, that can do us good!
"Christ Is All In All" by Rees Prichard
But if we come not soon to Christ, our King,
To seek a cure against the serpent's sting:
No other leach a proper salve can give —
None, but the Son of God can make us live.
"Christ Typify'd" by Rees Prichard
From Christ, each has receiv'd his mortal wound,
Though in them still some signs of life are found;
Yet all the salves, in all the world, can't cure
Their heart-felt anguish, or their lives assure.
"Advice, To Search For The Lord Jesus Christ" by Rees Prichard

In news:

Administrators at Salve Regina University are telling students to be more aware of their surroundings after two assaults in the past week on campus.
Series' CEO Randy Bernard hopes finale is salve .
CHCO recommends employee-sharing as budget salve .
Two-wheeled salve for the psyche.
Unemployment drop no salve for Obama.
Boehringer's Pharma-ville could salve industry's bad reputation.
Salve for a Soldier.
Interim president's nostalgia hardly a salve .
Look out Tiger Balm, here comes snake oil salve .
Two-wheeled salve for the psyche.
Two-wheeled salve for the psyche .
Well, it's finally over and everyone's back home salving their sunburns and getting caught up on some much needed sleep.
Recipe by Kevin Ascolese, Executive Chef at Salve.
In the wake of Curt Schilling's decision to accept a trade to the Red Sox, George Steinbrenner will salve his wounds not with pitching but with offense.
Doctor gives him some salve and tells him to come back in a couple of weeks.
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