Sa·lute v. t. [imp. & p. p. Saluted; p. pr. & vb. n. Saluting.]
1. To address, as with expressions of kind wishes and courtesy; to greet; to hail.
I salute you with this kingly title. --Shak.
2. Hence, to give a sign of good will; to compliment by an act or ceremony, as a kiss, a bow, etc.
You have the prettiest tip of a finger . . . I must take the freedom to salute it. --Addison.
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.
4. To promote the welfare and safety of; to benefit; to gratify. [Obs.] “If this salute my blood a jot.”
1. The act of saluting, or expressing kind wishes or respect; salutation; greeting.
2. A sign, token, or ceremony, expressing good will, compliment, or respect, as a kiss, a bow, etc.
3. Mil. & Naval A token of respect or honor for some distinguished or official personage, for a foreign vessel or flag, or for some festival or event, as by presenting arms, by a discharge of cannon, volleys of small arms, dipping the colors or the topsails, etc.
n 1: an act of honor or courteous recognition; "a musical salute
to the composer on his birthday" [syn: salutation]
2: a formal military gesture of respect [syn: military
3: an act of greeting with friendly words and gestures like
bowing or lifting the hat
v 1: propose a toast to; "Let us toast the birthday girl!";
"Let's drink to the New Year" [syn: toast, drink, pledge,
2: greet in a friendly way; "I meet this men every day on my
way to work and he salutes me"
3: express commendation of; "I salute your courage!"
4: become noticeable; "a terrible stench saluted our nostrils"
5: honor with a military ceremony, as when honoring dead
6: recognize with a gesture prescribed by a miltary regulation;
assume a prescribed position; "When the officers show up,
the soldiers have to salute" [syn: present]