One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘he gave the Brigadier a smart salute’
gesture of respect, greeting, salutation, address, hail, welcome, tribute, wave
homage, obeisance, acknowledgement
2‘the awards were described as an American salute to British courage’
tribute, testimonial, honour, homage, toast, compliment, bouquet, eulogy
recognition of, celebration of, acknowledgement of
1‘the Emperor saluted the assembled ambassadors’
greet, address, hail, welcome, acknowledge, pay one's respects to, toast, make obeisance to, wave to, accost
2‘we salute a truly great photographer’
pay tribute to, pay homage to, honour, recognize, celebrate, acknowledge, take one's hat off to
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