Recently, I learned about another meaning for the word "Salute": A firecracker.
However, I could find this definition in only one online dictionary (M-W):
- firecracker (q.v.)
... together with a Wikipedia article, which says:
In pyrotechnics, a salute is a device primarily designed to make a loud report (bang), rather than have a visual effect, although most salutes will also have a very bright flash.
(1) He opened his packet of salutes, worked one free and inserted the fuse into the cigarette. [Operation Snow Owl/Walden]
(2) Anybody remember the day-go-bomb and the 8-inch salute? Well, boys and girls, those were fireworks you could buy in the days when the Fourth of July was something more than just a quiet summer holiday. [Kiplinger's Personal Finance]
But someone had stuck a two-inch salute firecracker into the cake, fuse up, and it was lit along with the matches. When the salute went off, it didn't leave a bit of a cake on the plate. [Tramp Printers/Howells]
What's the reason for the absence of this meaning in almost all (online) dictionaries? Is it not in use anymore (despite quite up-to-date Google results)?