sa·li·ent (sālē-ənt, sālyənt)
1. Noteworthy; important: the salient points of the argument.
2. Prominent; conspicuous. See Synonyms at noticeable.
3. Projecting or jutting beyond a line or surface; protruding: the salient angles of the polygon.
4. Springing; jumping: salient tree toads.
1. A military position that projects into the position of the enemy.
2. A projecting angle or part.
[Latin saliēns, salient-, present participle of salīre, to leap; see sel- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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