Salient Definition

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[n] (military) the part of the line of battle that projects closest to the enemy
[adj] having a quality that thrusts itself into attention; "an outstanding fact of our time is that nations poisoned by anti semitism proved less fortunate in regard to their own freedom"; "a new theory is the most prominent feature of the book"; "salient traits"; "a spectacular rise in prices"; "a striking thing about Picadilly Circus is the statue of Eros in the center"; "a striking resemblance between parent and child"
[adj] (of angles) pointing outward at an angle of less than 180 degrees

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reentrant, re-entrant

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line of battle, projection

Misc. Definitions

\Sa"li*ent\, a. [L. saliens, -entis, p. pr. of salire to leap; cf. F. saillant. See {Sally}, n. & v. i..]
1. Moving by leaps or springs; leaping; bounding; jumping. ``Frogs and salient animals.'' --Sir T. Browne.
2. Shooting out or up; springing; projecting. He had in himself a salient, living spring of generous and manly action. --Burke.
3. Hence, figuratively, forcing itself on the attention; prominent; conspicuous; noticeable. He [Grenville] had neither salient traits, nor general comprehensiveness of mind. --Bancroft.
4. (Math. & Fort.) Projecting outwardly; as, a salient angle; -- opposed to {re["e]ntering}. See Illust. of {Bastion}.
5. (Her.) Represented in a leaping position; as, a lion salient. {Salient angle}. See {Salient}, a.,
4. {Salient polygon} (Geom.), a polygon all of whose angles are salient. {Salient polyhedron} (Geom.), a polyhedron all of whose solid angles are salient.
\Sa"li*ent\, a. (Fort.) A salient angle or part; a projection.

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