salvage-v; 2 Senses

Sense Number 1: save from ruin, destruction, or harm

NOTE: Salvaging is for use or survival in the same context and in an identical manner. NP1[+/-concrete] SALVAGE NP2[+/-concrete]

Where an internship experience cannot be salvaged, the internship can be terminated.
Sexiness salvaged the Golden Globes.
The new surgical technique salvaged the appearance, but not the function of his right arm.
A complex engineering feat in the 1960s salvaged the temples of Ramses II from the rising waters of the Nile.
The fact that they managed to salvage the damaged cable was remarkable.
A drastic move salvaged the auto company from collapse.

VerbNet: NM
FrameNet: NP
PropBank: salvage.01
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 1

Sense Number 2: collect discarded, refused or damaged material

Commentary: NP1[+agent] SALVAGE NP2[+concrete] (PP LOC)
NOTE: the salvaging in this sense is not preventing any danger; this sense (at least) implies salvaging from a location.

The owner of the scrap yard salvaged the paintings on the noses of many WWII bombers.
The men had salvaged the wreck of the long-sought British vessel 'Merchant Royal'.
The contractor dismantled and salvaged the wooden beams from the
old homes on the row.
I salvaged the stereo from my 1970 Cutlass and turned it into a boombox for my kids.

VerbNet: steal-10.5-1
FrameNet: NP
PropBank: salvage.01
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 2