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Sa"li*ent (?), a. [L. saliens, -entis, p.pr. of salire to leap; cf. F. saillant. See Sally, n. & v. i..]


Moving by leaps or springs; leaping; bounding; jumping.

"Frogs and salient animals."

Sir T. Browne.


Shooting out up; springing; projecting.

He had in himself a salient, living spring of generous and manly action. Burke.


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.

Projectiong outwardly; as, a salient angle; -- opposed to reentering. See Illust. of Bastion.

<-- convex? -->

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.


© Webster 1913.

Sa"li*ent, a. Fort.

A salient angle or part; a projection.


© Webster 1913.