1. [ noun ] (medicine,pharmacology) semisolid preparation (usually containing a medicine) applied externally as a remedy or for soothing an irritation
Synonyms: unguent balm unction ointment
Related terms: remedy baby_oil carron_oil cerate chrism arnica lip_balm mentholated_salve mercurial_ointment petrolatum balsam zinc_ointment lanolin lanolin medicine
2. [ noun ] anything that remedies or heals or soothes

"he needed a salve for his conscience"

Related terms: redress
3. [ verb ] save from ruin or destruction
Synonyms: save salvage relieve
Related terms: rescue rescuer salvage salvage
4. [ verb ] apply a salve to, usually for the purpose of healing
Related terms: medicate medicine
Similar spelling:   salvo