- a simultaneous or successive discharge of artillery, bombs, etc.
- a round of fire given as a salute.
- a round of cheers or applause.
Origin of salvo1
- an excuse or quibbling evasion.
- something to save a person's reputation or soothe a person's feelings.
Origin of salvo2
Examples from the Web for salvo
In Chicago, too, a 100-gun salvo went off and every bell in the city rang out.Atlanta’s Fall Foretold The End Of Civil War Bloodshed
September 1, 2014
Back in 2007, Roberts threw his first salvo in the affirmative action wars.Affirmative Action Isn’t Oppressive, but the Roberts Court Wants to End It Anyway
April 23, 2014
He also strongly urged supporters not to interpret the change in hiring policy as a salvo in war over gay marriage.World Vision’s Gay Compromise
March 26, 2014
The salvo followed the test of another four missiles on Friday, February 21.The Ominous Meaning of North Korea’s Missile Launches
Gordon G. Chang
February 28, 2014
But that was just the first salvo in a broader war for independence.Marvin Miller, the Labor Leader Who Revolutionized Baseball
Allen St. John
November 28, 2012
There never was a rogue, who had not a salvo to himself for being so.Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)
Beyond the Po they too had been awaiting the salvo of artillery that should be their signal to advance.The Strolling Saint
There was also no indication that Hoddy's salvo had had any effect on them.Lone Star Planet
Henry Beam Piper and John Joseph McGuire
(p. 419) A salvo of profanity from the train crew followed them.Roosevelt in the Bad Lands
In your presence I can do so without departing from my principles, salvo pudoribus.The Prophet of Berkeley Square
- a discharge of fire from weapons in unison, esp on a ceremonial occasion
- concentrated fire from many weapons, as in a naval battle
- an outburst, as of applause
- an excuse or evasion
- an expedient to save a reputation or soothe hurt feelings
- (in legal documents) a saving clause; reservation
- Australian slang a member of the Salvation Army
Word Origin and History for salvo
1719, alteration of salva (1590s) "simultaneous discharge of guns," from Italian salva "salute, volley" (cf. French salve, 16c., from Italian), from Latin salve "hail!," literally "be in good health!," the usual Roman greeting, regarded as imperative of salvere "to be in good health," but properly vocative of salvus "healthy" (see safe (adj.)). The notion is of important visitors greeted with a volley of gunfire into the air; applied afterward to any concentrated fire from guns.