salvage

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salvage

noun The saving of something.

verb To rescue, or save the remains of, something, often understood to mean the rescue of cargo lost at sea.
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Here she will stay a shutterless observatory; a life-boat station; a salvage tug; a court of ultimate appeal-cum-meteorological bureau for three hundred miles in all directions, till Wednesday next when her relief slides across the stars to take her buffeted place.
The directors voted you three hundred guineas as salvage, and you refused them.
That is hardly my customary fee; I'll take home this first instalment, then return and bring an action for salvage against the skin.