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salient

1. Geometry (of an angle) pointing outwards from a polygon and hence less than 180°
2. (esp of animals) leaping
3. a salient angle

Salient

Any part or prominent member projecting beyond a surface.

salient

[′sāl·yənt]
(geology)
A landform that projects or extends outward or upward from its surroundings.
An area in which the axial traces of folds are convex toward the outer edge of the folded belt.

salient

Describing any projecting part or member, as a salient corner.
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The crowd grew more dense every moment, and, like water, which rises above its normal level, began to mount along the walls, to swell around the pillars, to spread out on the entablatures, on the cornices, on the window-sills, on all the salient points of the architecture, on all the reliefs of the sculpture.
When my convivial host discovered that he had told me so much, and that I was prone to doubtfulness, his foolish pride assumed the task the old vintage had commenced, and so he unearthed written evidence in the form of musty manuscript, and dry official records of the British Colonial Office to support many of the salient features of his remarkable narrative.
Their voices would recede into the twilight; one would hear a laugh at the memory of this particularly salient incident or that.
I took in much of this in the few seconds during which we stood facing each other, and I also observed another salient feature of her appearance: she was frightfully dirty
Rokoff had partially read it, but Tarzan knew that no one could remember the salient facts and figures it held which made it of real value to an enemy of France.
He looked over the remainder of the team with a speculative eye that summed up instantly the salient traits of each animal.
Olson, the Irish engineer, with Whitely and Wilson constituted the remnants of Dinosaur's defenders, and to Brady and Sinclair they narrated the salient events that had transpired since Bradley and his party had marched away on September 4th.
At the salient of that second angle was a large flat rock, jutting out northward, overlooking the deep valley from which the road ascended.
Among the secrets of Dryden's success in this particular field are his intellectual coolness, his vigorous masculine power of seizing on the salient points of character, and his command of terse, biting phraseology, set off by effective contrast.
His clothes, his beard, the glasses which hide his eyes--those are the salient points about his personal appearance.
Seize upon things salient, eliminate the rest, and you have pictures.
In fact, this oiliness, or greasiness, as I was later to learn, was probably the most salient expression of his personality.