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salvage (SAL-vij) noun

1. The rescue of a ship, its crew, or its cargo from fire or shipwreck. The ship, crew, or cargo so rescued. Compensation given to those who voluntarily aid in such a rescue.

2. The act of saving imperiled property from loss. The property so saved.

3. Something saved from destruction or waste and put to further use.

verb tr.

1. To save from loss or destruction.

2. To save (discarded or damaged material) for further use.

[Obsolete French, from Old French salvaige, right of salvage, from Late Latin salvare, from Latin salvus, safe.]

"But can the economy be restored if the banking industry is salvaged at all costs?" Can bank liquidations help restore RI economy?, The Jakarta Post, 2 Mar 1999.

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