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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Salve, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Salved p. pr. & vb. n. Salving.]
 1. To heal by applications or medicaments; to cure by remedial treatment; to apply salve to; as, to salve a wound.
 2. To heal; to remedy; to cure; to make good; to soothe, as with an ointment, especially by some device, trick, or quibble; to gloss over.
 But Ebranck salved both their infamies
 With noble deeds.   --Spenser.
    What may we do, then, to salve this seeming inconsistence?   --Milton.