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

 sal·u·ta·tion /ˌsæljəˈteʃən/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Sal·u·ta·tion n.  The act of saluting, or paying respect or reverence, by the customary words or actions; the act of greeting, or expressing good will or courtesy; also, that which is uttered or done in saluting or greeting.
    In all public meetings or private addresses, use those forms of salutation, reverence, and decency usual amongst the most sober persons.   --Jer. Taylor.
 Syn: -- Greeting; salute; address.
 Usage: Salutation, Greeting, Salute. Greeting is the general word for all manner of expressions of recognition, agreeable or otherwise, made when persons meet or communicate with each other. A greeting may be hearty and loving, chilling and offensive, or merely formal, as in the opening sentence of legal documents. Salutation more definitely implies a wishing well, and is used of expressions at parting as well as at meeting. It is used especially of uttered expressions of good will. Salute, while formerly and sometimes still in the sense of either greeting or salutation, is now used specifically to denote a conventional demonstration not expressed in words. The guests received a greeting which relieved their embarrassment, offered their salutations in well-chosen terms, and when they retired, as when they entered, made a deferential salute.
    Woe unto you, Pharisees! for ye love the uppermost seats in the synagogues, and greetings in the markets.   --Luke xi. 43.
    When Elisabeth heard the salutation of Mary, the babe leaped in her womb.   --Luke i. 41.
    I shall not trouble my reader with the first salutes of our three friends.   --Addison.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      n 1: an act of honor or courteous recognition; "a musical salute
           to the composer on his birthday" [syn: salute]
      2: (usually plural) an acknowledgment or expression of good
         will (especially on meeting) [syn: greeting]
      3: word of greeting used to begin a letter

From: Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary

    "Eastern modes of salutation are not unfrequently so prolonged
    as to become wearisome and a positive waste of time. The
    profusely polite Arab asks so many questions after your health,
    your happiness, your welfare, your house, and other things, that
    a person ignorant of the habits of the country would imagine
    there must be some secret ailment or mysterious sorrow
    oppressing you, which you wished to conceal, so as to spare the
    feelings of a dear, sympathizing friend, but which he, in the
    depth of his anxiety, would desire to hear of. I have often
    listened to these prolonged salutations in the house, the
    street, and the highway, and not unfrequently I have experienced
    their tedious monotony, and I have bitterly lamented useless
    waste of time" (Porter, Through Samaria, etc.). The work on
    which the disciples were sent forth was one of urgency, which
    left no time for empty compliments and prolonged greetings (Luke