salvo


1sal·vo

noun \ˈsal-(ˌ)vō\
plural salvos or salvoes

Definition of SALVO

1
a :  a simultaneous discharge of two or more guns in military action or as a salute
b :  the release all at one time of a rack of bombs or rockets (as from an airplane)
c :  a series of shots by an artillery battery with each gun firing one round in turn after a prescribed interval
d :  the bombs or projectiles released in a salvo
2
:  something suggestive of a salvo: as
a :  a sudden burst <a salvo of cheers>
b :  a spirited attack <the first salvo of a political campaign>

Origin of SALVO

Italian salva, from French salve, from Latin, hail!, from salvus healthy — more at safe
First Known Use: 1591

Other Military Terms

bivouac, logistics, petard, salient, sally, supernumerary, tactical

2salvo

verb

Definition of SALVO

transitive verb
:  to release a salvo of
intransitive verb
:  to fire a salvo

First Known Use of SALVO

1839

Other Military Terms

bivouac, logistics, petard, salient, sally, supernumerary, tactical

3salvo

noun
plural salvos

Definition of SALVO

1
:  a mental reservation :  proviso
2
:  a means of safeguarding one's name or honor or allaying one's conscience :  salve

Origin of SALVO

Medieval Latin salvo jure with the right reserved
First Known Use: 1621

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