- the act of saving a ship or its cargo from perils of the seas.
- the property so saved.
- compensation given to those who voluntarily save a ship or its cargo.
- the act of saving anything from fire, danger, etc.
- the property saved from danger.
- the value or proceeds upon sale of goods recovered from a fire.
verb (used with object), sal·vaged, sal·vag·ing.
- to save from shipwreck, fire, etc.
- the act, process, or business of rescuing vessels or their cargoes from loss at sea
- the act of saving any goods or property in danger of damage or destruction
- (as modifier)a salvage operation
- the goods or property so saved
- compensation paid for the salvage of a vessel or its cargo
- the proceeds from the sale of salvaged goods or property
- to save or rescue (goods or property) from fire, shipwreck, etc
- to gain (something beneficial) from a failureshe salvaged little from the broken marriage
adj.by 1915, from salvage (v.) + -able. Salvable is from 1660s in reference to souls; 1797 in reference to ships’ cargoes. n.1640s, “payment for saving a ship from wreck or capture,” from French salvage (15c.), from Old French salver “to save” (see save (v.)). The general sense of “the saving of property from danger” is attested from 1878. Meaning “recycling of waste material” is from 1918, from the British effort in World War I. v.1889, from salvage (n.). Related: Salvaged; salvaging.