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English noun: salve

1. salve (artifact) semisolid preparation (usually containing a medicine) applied externally as a remedy or for soothing an irritation


Synonymsbalm, ointment, unction, unguent


Broader (hypernym)curative, cure, remedy, therapeutic


Narrower (hyponym)arnica, baby oil, balsam, carron oil, cerate, chrism, chrisom, holy oil, lip balm, mentholated salve, mercurial ointment, sacramental oil, zinc ointment


Substance holonymlanolin, wool fat, wool grease


Domain categorymedical specialty, medicine

2. salve (act) anything that remedies or heals or soothes


SamplesHe needed a salve for his conscience.


Broader (hypernym)redress, remediation, remedy


English verb: salve

1. salve (social) save from ruin, destruction, or harm


Synonymsrelieve, salvage, save


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)deliver, rescue

2. salve (body) apply a salve to, usually for the purpose of healing


ExamplesDid he salve his foot?


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)medicate, medicine


Domain categorymedicine, practice of medicine









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