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  3  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Salutation  \Sal`u*ta"tion\,  n.  [L.  salutatio:  cf  F.  salutation. 
  See  {Salute}.] 
  The  act  of  saluting,  or  paying  respect  or  reverence,  by  the 
  customary  words  or  actions;  the  act  of  greeting,  or 
  expressing  good  will  or  courtesy;  also  that  which  is  uttered 
  or  done  in  saluting  or  greeting. 
  In  all  public  meetings  or  private  addresses,  use  those 
  forms  of  salutation,  reverence,  and  decency  usual 
  amongst  the  most  sober  persons.  --Jer.  Taylor. 
  Syn:  Greeting;  salute;  address. 
  Usage:  {Salutation},  {Greeting},  {Salute}.  Greeting  is  the 
  general  word  for  all  manner  of  expressions  of 
  recognition,  agreeable  or  otherwise,  made  when  persons 
  meet  or  communicate  with  each  other  A  greeting  may  be 
  hearty  and  loving,  chilling  and  offensive,  or  merely 
  formal,  as  in  the  opening  sentence  of  legal  documents. 
  Salutation  more  definitely  implies  a  wishing  well  and 
  is  used  of  expressions  at  parting  as  well  as  at 
  meeting.  It  is  used  especially  of  uttered  expressions 
  of  good  will  Salute,  while  formerly  and  sometimes 
  still  in  the  sense  of  either  greeting  or  salutation, 
  is  now  used  specifically  to  denote  a  conventional 
  demonstration  not  expressed  in  words  The  guests 
  received  a  greeting  which  relieved  their 
  embarrassment,  offered  their  salutations  in 
  well-chosen  terms,  and  when  they  retired,  as  when  they 
  entered,  made  a  deferential  salute. 
  Woe  unto  you  Pharisees!  for  ye  love  the 
  uppermost  seats  in  the  synagogues,  and  greetings 
  in  the  markets.  --Luke  xi  43. 
  When  Elisabeth  heard  the  salutation  of  Mary,  the 
  babe  leaped  in  her  womb.  --Luke  i.  41. 
  I  shall  not  trouble  my  reader  with  the  first 
  salutes  of  our  three  friends.  --Addison. 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  n  1:  an  act  of  honor  or  courteous  recognition:  "a  musical  salute 
  to  the  composer  on  his  birthday"  [syn:  {salute}] 
  2:  (usually  plural)  an  acknowledgment  or  expression  of  good 
  will  (especially  on  meeting)  [syn:  {greeting}] 
  3:  word  of  greeting  used  to  begin  a  letter 
  From  Easton's  1897  Bible  Dictionary  [easton]: 
  "Eastern  modes  of  salutation  are  not  unfrequently  so  prolonged 
  as  to  become  wearisome  and  a  positive  waste  of  time.  The 
  profusely  polite  Arab  asks  so  many  questions  after  your  health, 
  your  happiness,  your  welfare,  your  house,  and  other  things  that 
  a  person  ignorant  of  the  habits  of  the  country  would  imagine 
  there  must  be  some  secret  ailment  or  mysterious  sorrow 
  oppressing  you  which  you  wished  to  conceal,  so  as  to  spare  the 
  feelings  of  a  dear,  sympathizing  friend,  but  which  he  in  the 
  depth  of  his  anxiety,  would  desire  to  hear  of  I  have  often 
  listened  to  these  prolonged  salutations  in  the  house,  the 
  street,  and  the  highway,  and  not  unfrequently  I  have  experienced 
  their  tedious  monotony,  and  I  have  bitterly  lamented  useless 
  waste  of  time"  (Porter,  Through  Samaria,  etc.).  The  work  on 
  which  the  disciples  were  sent  forth  was  one  of  urgency,  which 
  left  no  time  for  empty  compliments  and  prolonged  greetings  (Luke 

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