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.”