To wish health to; greet with expressions of respect, good will, affection, etc.To greet with a kiss, a bow, a courtesy, the uncovering of the head, a clasp or a wave of the hand, or the like; especially, in older writers, to kiss.To hail or greet with welcome, honor, homage, etc.; welcome; hail.To honor formally or with ceremonious recognition, as by the firing of cannon, presenting arms, dipping the colors, etc.: as, to salute a general or an admiral; to salute the flag.To touch; affect; influence; excite.To perform a salutation; exchange greetings.To perform a military salute.n. An act of expressing kind wishes or respect; a salutation; a greeting.n. A kiss.n. In the army and navy, a compliment paid when a distinguished personage presents himself, when troops or squadrons meet, when officers are buried, or to celebrate an event or show respect to a flag, and on many other ceremonial occasions.n. The position of the sword, rifle, hand, etc., in saluting; the attitude of a person saluting: as, to stand at the salute while the general is passing; specifically, in fencing, a formal greeting of swordsmen when about to engage.n. Synonyms Greeting, etc. See salutation.n. A gold coin current in the French dominions of Henry V. and Henry VI. of England, weighing about 54 grains.