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A. adj.

1. a. Leaping, jumping; esp. of animals, saltatorial.

b. Of water: Jetting forth; leaping upwards.

c. Of the pulse: Beating strongly. poet.

Found in The Craft of Research by Booth, Colomb and Willaims on page 6. "A newspaper reporter writes her story in the traditional "pyramid" form, with the salient information first....


You might also add a more figurative definition that relies on the ones you've mentioned above:

salient. adj, 1: having a quality that thrusts itself into attention.

Good catch. That's all that was in the OED.