"salves" in the noun sense
1. ointment, unction, unguent, balm, salve
semisolid preparation (usually containing a medicine) applied externally as a remedy or for soothing an irritation
anything that remedies or heals or soothes
"he needed a salve for his conscience"
"salves" in the verb sense
1. salvage, salve, relieve, save
save from ruin, destruction, or harm
apply a salve to, usually for the purpose of healing
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