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The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Salute \Sa*lute"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Saluted; p. pr. & vb. n. Saluting.] [L. salutare, salutatum, from salus, -utis, health, safety. See Salubrious.] 1. To address, as with expressions of kind wishes and courtesy; to greet; to hail. [1913 Webster] I salute you with this kingly title. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. Hence, to give a sign of good will; to compliment by an act or ceremony, as a kiss, a bow, etc. [1913 Webster] You have the prettiest tip of a finger . . . I must take the freedom to salute it. --Addison. [1913 Webster] 3. (Mil. & Naval) To honor, as some day, person, or nation, by a discharge of cannon or small arms, by dipping colors, by cheers, etc. [1913 Webster] 4. To promote the welfare and safety of; to benefit; to gratify. [Obs.] "If this salute my blood a jot." --Shak. [1913 Webster]