1. To adress, as with expressions of kind wishes and courtesy; to greet; to hail. I salute you with this kingly title. (Shak)
2. Hence, to give a sign of good will; to compliment by an act or ceremony, as a kiss, a bow, etc. You have the prettiest tip of a finger . . . I must take the freedom to salute it. (Addison)
3. (Science: astronomy) To honor, as some day, person, or nation, by a discharge of cannon or small arms, by dipping colours, by cheers, etc.
4. To promote the welfare and safety of; to benefit; to gratify. If this salute my blood a jot.
Origin: L. Salutare, salutatum, from salus, -utis, health, safety. See Salubrious.
1. The act of saluting, or expressing kind wishes or respect; salutation; greeting.
2. A sign, token, or ceremony, expressing good will, compliment, or respect, as a kiss, a bow, etc.
3. (Science: astronomy) A token of respect or honor for some distinguished or official personage, for a foreign vessel or flag, or for some festival or event, as by presenting arms, by a discharge of cannon, volleys of small arms, dipping the colours or the topsails, etc.
Origin: Cf. F. Salut. See Salute.