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salve 1

 (săv, säv)
1. An analgesic or medicinal ointment.
2. Something that soothes or consoles; a balm: "a melodious salve to holiday traveling blues" (Oscar Musibay).
3. Flattery or commendation.
tr.v. salved, salv·ing, salves
1. To soothe or heal with salve.
2. To ease the distress or agitation of; assuage: salved my conscience by apologizing.

[Middle English, from Old English sealf.]

salve 2

tr.v. salved, salv·ing, salves
To salvage.

[Back-formation from salvage or salvable.]

sal′vor n.
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Adj.1.salving - having a softening or soothing effect especially to the skin
soft - yielding readily to pressure or weight
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