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salvo

noun sal·vo \ ˈsal-(ˌ)vō \

Definition of salvo

plural salvos or salvoes
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: such as
a : a sudden burst
  • a salvo of cheers
b : a spirited attack
  • the first salvo of a political campaign

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Origin and Etymology of salvo

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


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salvo

verb

Definition of salvo

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

First Known Use of salvo

1839


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salvo

noun

Definition of salvo

plural salvos
1 : a mental reservation : proviso
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



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