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salvo

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noun sal·vo \ˈsal-(ˌ)vō\

Definition of salvo

plural

salvos

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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: such asa :  a sudden burst a salvo of cheersb :  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


First Known Use: 1591


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salvo

verb sal·vo

Definition of salvo

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to release a salvo of

  3. intransitive verb
  4. :  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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