Pronunciation: (sā'lē-unt, sāl'yunt),[key] —adj. 1. prominent or conspicuous: salient traits. 2. projecting or pointing outward: a salient angle. 3. leaping or jumping: a salient animal. 4. Heraldry.(of a beast) represented as leaping: a lion salient.
—n. 1. a salient angle or part, as the central outward-projecting angle of a bastion or an outward projection in a battle line.
2. Physical Geog.a landform that extends out beyond its surroundings, as a spur projecting from the side of a mountain. Cf. reentrant (def. 4).