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Meaning of salient

sa•li•ent

Pronunciation: (sā'lē-unt, sāl'yunt), [key]
— adj.
  1. prominent or conspicuous: salient traits.
  2. projecting or pointing outward: a salient angle.
  3. leaping or jumping: a salient animal.
  4. (of a beast) represented as leaping: a lion salient.
—n.
  1. a salient angle or part, as the central outward-projecting angle of a bastion or an outward projection in a battle line.
  2. a landform that extends out beyond its surroundings, as a spur projecting from the side of a mountain. Cf.(def. 4).
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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