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salvo

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noun sal·vo \ˈsal-(ˌ)vō\

Definition of salvo

plural

salvos

or

salvoes

  1. 1a :  a simultaneous discharge of two or more guns in military action or as a saluteb :  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 intervald :  the bombs or projectiles released in a salvo

  2. 2 :  something suggestive of a salvo: asa :  a sudden burst <a salvo of cheers>b :  a spirited attack <the first salvo of a political campaign>



Origin and Etymology of salvo

Italian salva, from French salve, from Latin, hail!, from salvus healthy — more at safe


First Known Use: 1591


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salvo

verb sal·vo

Definition of salvo

  • transitive verb
    1. :  to release a salvo of

    2. intransitive verb
    3. :  to fire a salvo



    1839

    First Known Use of salvo

    1839


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    salvo

    noun sal·vo

    Definition of salvo

    plural

    salvos

    1. 1 :  a mental reservation :  proviso

    2. 2 :  a means of safeguarding one's name or honor or allaying one's conscience :  salve



    Origin and Etymology of salvo

    Medieval Latin salvo jure with the right reserved


    First Known Use: 1621



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