sa·li·ent (sl-nt, slynt)
1. Projecting or jutting beyond a line or surface; protruding.
2. Strikingly conspicuous; prominent. See Synonyms at noticeable.
3. Springing; jumping: salient tree toads.
1. A military position that projects into the position of the enemy.
2. A projecting angle or part.
[Latin salins, salient-, present participle of salre, to leap; see sel- in Indo-European roots.]
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