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Dictionary definition for: Salient

1. (n) (military) the part of the line of battle that projects closest to the enemy

2. (s) having a quality that thrusts itself into attention; "an outstanding fact of our time is that nations poisoned by anti semitism proved less fortunate in regard to their own freedom" "a new theory is the most prominent feature of the book" "salient trait

3. (a) (of angles) pointing outward at an angle of less than 180 degrees

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