Salute 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. [1913 Webster]

I salute you with this kingly title. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

2. Hence, to give a sign of good will; to compliment by an act or ceremony, as a kiss, a bow, etc. [1913 Webster]

You have the prettiest tip of a finger . . . I must take the freedom to salute it. --Addison. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

4. To promote the welfare and safety of; to benefit; to gratify. [Obs.] ``If this salute my blood a jot.'' --Shak. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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