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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 sa·lient /ˈseljənt, liənt/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Sa·li·ent, a. Fort. A salient angle or part; a projection.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Sa·li·ent a.
 1. Moving by leaps or springs; leaping; bounding; jumping. “Frogs and salient animals.”
 2. Shooting out or up; springing; projecting.
    He had in himself a salient, living spring of generous and manly action.   --Burke.
 3. 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. Projecting outwardly; as, a salient angle; -- opposed to reentering. See Illust. of Bastion.
 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.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      adj 1: 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 traits"; "a
             spectacular rise in prices"; "a striking thing about
             Picadilly Circus is the statue of Eros in the center";
             "a striking resemblance between parent and child"
             [syn: outstanding, prominent, spectacular, striking]
      2: (of angles) pointing outward at an angle of less than 180
         degrees [ant: re-entrant]
      3: represented as leaping (rampant but leaning forward) [syn: salient(ip)]
      n : (military) the part of the line of battle that projects
          closest to the enemy