Definition for SA'LI-ENT

SA'LI-ENT, a.1 [L. saliens, salio, to leap.]

  1. Leaping; an epithet in heraldry applied to a lion or other beast, represented in a leaping posture, with his right foot in the dexter point, and his hinder left foot in the sinister base of the escutcheon, by which it is distinguished from rampant. – Harris.
  2. In fortification, projecting; as, a salient angle. A salient angle points outward, and is opposed to a re-entering angle, which points inward. – Encyc.

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