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SALVE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does salve mean? 

SALVE (noun)
  The noun SALVE has 2 senses:

1. semisolid preparation (usually containing a medicine) applied externally as a remedy or for soothing an irritation
2. anything that remedies or heals or soothes

  Familiarity information: SALVE used as a noun is rare.


SALVE (verb)
  The verb SALVE has 2 senses:

1. save from ruin, destruction, or harm
2. apply a salve to, usually for the purpose of healing

  Familiarity information: SALVE used as a verb is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


SALVE (noun)


Sense 1salve [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Semisolid preparation (usually containing a medicine) applied externally as a remedy or for soothing an irritation

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Synonyms:

unguent; salve; ointment; balm; unction

Hypernyms ("salve" is a kind of...):

curative; cure; remedy; therapeutic (a medicine or therapy that cures disease or relieve pain)

Meronyms (substance of "salve"):

lanolin; wool fat; wool grease (a yellow viscous animal oil extracted from wool; a mixture of fatty acids and esters; used in some ointments and cosmetics)

Domain category:

medical specialty; medicine (the branches of medical science that deal with nonsurgical techniques)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "salve"):

arnica (an ointment used in treating bruises)

mercurial ointment (an ointment containing mercury)

mentholated salve (a salve containing menthol)

lip balm (a balm applied to the lips)

chrism; chrisom; holy oil; sacramental oil (a consecrated ointment consisting of a mixture of oil and balsam)

cerate (a hard medicated paste made of lard or oil mixed with wax or resin)

carron oil (an ointment formerly used to treat burns)

balsam (an ointment containing a fragrant resin)

baby oil (an ointment for babies)

zinc ointment (an ointment containing zinc that is used to treat certain skin diseases)


Sense 2salve [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Anything that remedies or heals or soothes

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Context example:

he needed a salve for his conscience

Hypernyms ("salve" is a kind of...):

redress; remediation; remedy (act of correcting an error or a fault or an evil)


SALVE (verb)


Sense 1salve [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Save from ruin, destruction, or harm

Classified under:

Verbs of political and social activities and events

Synonyms:

salvage; salve; save; relieve

Hypernyms (to "salve" is one way to...):

deliver; rescue (free from harm or evil)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody
Something ----s somebody
Something ----s something


Sense 2salve [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Apply a salve to, usually for the purpose of healing

Classified under:

Verbs of grooming, dressing and bodily care

Hypernyms (to "salve" is one way to...):

medicate; medicine (treat medicinally, treat with medicine)

Domain category:

medicine; practice of medicine (the learned profession that is mastered by graduate training in a medical school and that is devoted to preventing or alleviating or curing diseases and injuries)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something

Sentence example:

Did he salve his foot?


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