|n.||1.||The act of saving a vessel, goods, or life, from perils of the sea.|
|2.||(Maritime Law) The compensation allowed to persons who voluntarily assist in saving a ship or her cargo from peril.|
|a. & n.||1.||Savage.|
|Noun||1.||salvage - property or goods saved from damage or destruction|
|2.||salvage - the act of saving goods or property that were in danger of damage or destruction|
|3.||salvage - the act of rescuing a ship or its crew or its cargo from a shipwreck or a fire|
|Verb||1.||salvage - save from ruin, destruction, or harm|
|2.||salvage - collect discarded or refused material; "She scavenged the garbage cans for food"|
SALVAGE, maritime law. This term originally meant the thing or goods saved
from shipwreck or other loss; and in that sense it is generally to be
understood in our old books. But it is at present more frequently understood
to mean the compensation made to those by whose means the ship or goods have
been saved from the effects of shipwreck, fire, pirates, enemies, or any
other loss or misfortune. 1 Cranch, 1.
2. This compensation, which is now usually made in money, was, before the use of money became general, made by a delivery of part of the effects saved. Marsh. Ins. B. 1, c. 12, s. 8; Pet. Adm. Dec. 425; 2 Taunt. 302; 3 B. & P. 612; 4 M. & S. 159; 1 Cranch, 1; 2 Cranch, 240; Cranch, 221; 3 Dall. 188; 4 Wheat. 98 9 Cranch, 244; 3 Wheat. 91; 1 Day, 193 1 Johns. R. 165; 4 Cranch, 347; Com. Dig. Salvage; 3 Kent, Com. 196. Vide Salvors.