Salient 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. [1913 Webster]

2. Shooting out or up; springing; projecting. [1913 Webster]

He had in himself a salient, living spring of generous and manly action. --Burke. [1913 Webster]

3. Hence, figuratively, forcing itself on the attention; prominent; conspicuous; noticeable. [1913 Webster]

He [Grenville] had neither salient traits, nor general comprehensiveness of mind. --Bancroft. [1913 Webster]

4. (Math. & Fort.) Projecting outwardly; as, a salient angle; -- opposed to {re["e]ntering}. See Illust. of {Bastion}. [1913 Webster]

5. (Her.) Represented in a leaping position; as, a lion salient. [1913 Webster]

{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. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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