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 for salient
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Salient \Sa"li*ent\, a. (Fort.)
     A salient angle or part; a projection.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Salient \Sa"li*ent\, a. [L. saliens, -entis, p. pr. of salire to
     leap; cf. F. saillant. See Sally, n. & v. i..]
     1. Moving by leaps or springs; leaping; bounding; jumping.
        "Frogs and salient animals." --Sir T. Browne.
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     2. Shooting out or up; springing; projecting.
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              He had in himself a salient, living spring of
              generous and manly action.            --Burke.
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     3. Hence, figuratively, forcing itself on the attention;
        prominent; conspicuous; noticeable.
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              He [Grenville] had neither salient traits, nor
              general comprehensiveness of mind.    --Bancroft.
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     4. (Math. & Fort.) Projecting outwardly; as, a salient angle;
        -- opposed to reentering. See Illust. of Bastion.
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     5. (Her.) Represented in a leaping position; as, a lion
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     Salient angle. See Salient, a., 4.
     Salient polygon (Geom.), a polygon all of whose angles are
     Salient polyhedron (Geom.), a polyhedron all of whose solid
        angles are salient.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      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, salient, spectacular, striking]
      2: (of angles) pointing outward at an angle of less than 180
         degrees [ant: re-entrant, reentrant]
      3: represented as leaping (rampant but leaning forward)
      n 1: (military) the part of the line of battle that projects
           closest to the enemy

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  128 Moby Thesaurus words for "salient":
     airspace, area, arrant, arresting, bas-relief, bellying, belt,
     blatant, bold, boldness, bulging, celebrated, chief, confines,
     conspicuous, continental shelf, corridor, country, department,
     distinctive, distinguished, distinguishing, district, division,
     embossment, eminence, eminent, emissile, environs, esteemed,
     estimable, exceptional, excrescence, excrescency, excrescent,
     excrescential, extraordinary, extruding, extrusion, flagrant,
     gibbosity, gibbousness, glaring, ground, hanging out, heartland,
     high relief, hinterland, important, impressive, in relief,
     in the foreground, intrusive, jutting, land, low relief, marked,
     memorable, milieu, moving, neighborhood, noble, notable,
     noteworthy, noticeable, notorious, obtrusive, obvious, of mark,
     offshore rights, ostensible, outstanding, part, parts, pertinent,
     place, precincts, premises, prestigious, primary, principal,
     prognathous, projecting, projection, prominence, prominent,
     pronounced, protrudent, protruding, protrusile, protrusion,
     protrusive, protuberance, protuberancy, protuberant, protuberating,
     purlieus, quarter, rare, region, relief, remarkable, rememberable,
     reputable, salience, section, signal, significant, soil, space,
     special, staring, stark-staring, sticking out, striking, telling,
     terrain, territory, three-mile limit, tuberosity, tuberousness,
     twelve-mile limit, unforgettable, unique, vicinage, vicinity,
     weighty, zone

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