Salute Definition

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[n] an act of greeting with friendly words and gestures like bowing or lifting the hat
[n] a formal military gesture of respect
[n] an act of honor or courteous recognition; "a musical salute to the composer on his birthday"
[v] express commendation of; "I salute your courage!"
[v] greet in a friendly way; "I meet this men every day on my way to work and he salutes me"
[v] recognize with a gesture prescribed by a miltary regulation; assume a prescribed position; "When the officers show up, the soldiers have to salute"
[v] honor with a military ceremony, as when honoring dead soldiers
[v] propose a toast to; "Let us toast the birthday girl!"; "Let's drink to the New Year"
[v] become noticeable; "a terrible stench saluted our nostrils"


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Misc. Definitions

\Sa*lute"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Saluted}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Saluting}.] [L. salutare, salutatum, from salus, -utis, health, safety. See {Salubrious}.]
1. To address, as with expressions of kind wishes and courtesy; to greet; to hail. I salute you with this kingly title. --Shak.
2. Hence, to give a sign of good will; to compliment by an act or ceremony, as a kiss, a bow, etc. You have the prettiest tip of a finger . . . I must take the freedom to salute it. --Addison.
3. (Mil. & Naval) To honor, as some day, person, or nation, by a discharge of cannon or small arms, by dipping colors, by cheers, etc.
4. To promote the welfare and safety of; to benefit; to gratify. [Obs.] ``If this salute my blood a jot.'' --Shak.
\Sa*lute"\, n. [Cf. F. salut. See {Salute}, v.]
1. The act of saluting, or expressing kind wishes or respect; salutation; greeting.
2. A sign, token, or ceremony, expressing good will, compliment, or respect, as a kiss, a bow, etc. --Tennyson.
3. (Mil. & Naval) A token of respect or honor for some distinguished or official personage, for a foreign vessel or flag, or for some festival or event, as by presenting arms, by a discharge of cannon, volleys of small arms, dipping the colors or the topsails, etc.

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