Main meanings of salvo in English

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Pronunciation /ˈsalvəʊ/

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nounplural noun salvos, plural noun salvoes

  • 1A simultaneous discharge of artillery or other guns in a battle.

    ‘a deafening salvo of shots rang out’
    • ‘another salvo crashed nearer to the German positions’
    • ‘Three days later, after the Leningrad - Moscow railway had been cleared, Stalin declared the blockade broken, and that night the city's anti-aircraft batteries fired victory salvos while the battle rumbled on the western horizon.’
    • ‘The battle began with a salvo from the Teutonic Order's bombards but, like most artillery of the time, that had little effect in the open field.’
    • ‘Hmas Australia did her duty on convoys, and once relieved she was thrust into the war and found herself battling French cruisers off Dakar in early 1940 delivering punishing salvos and receiving her first scars of battle.’
    • ‘Artillery salvos can be fired farther, and it seems that bit easier to pick off an advancing armor unit that has had its mobility reduced considerably as a result of the steepness of the slope.’
    • ‘It also developed a new ideology of team and reciprocal protection of air combat formations, and cruise missile salvos by naval ships.’
    • ‘It was said that French soldiers at Verdun were given much heart when they heard the distant rumble of the first British artillery salvos at the Somme.’
    • ‘The submerged firing of the missiles can be conducted in a single salvo while the submarine is moving at a speed of 5 knots.’
    • ‘Westminster fired the first salvoes of new extended range ammunition off the Dorset coast, sending 4.5in shells 25 per cent further than any other warship in service with the Royal Navy.’
    • ‘The Columbia opened fire with full battery salvoes, disgorging a storm of blue-white plasma fire into the separate targets.’
    • ‘In an overwhelming majority of cases, enemy batteries, owing to high accuracy of firing and the destructive force of projectiles, had time enough to fire one or two salvos before they were straddled with friendly gunfire and went silent.’
    • ‘As a result of being hit by two torpedoes and over 20 salvos of gunfire in a night attack, Canberra I sustained critical damage.’
    • ‘The Macaw's cannons unleashed a salvo that pummeled the pinnace.’
    • ‘The resulting yield from the salvo caused the Battlecruiser to break apart, a tidal wave of flame running its entire length.’
    • ‘The vertical launching system has the capacity to launch 16 Tomahawk submarine launched cruise missiles in a single salvo.’
    • ‘Off Norway, Triton challenged a darkened submarine but failed to elicit a response before firing a salvo which sent Oxley to the bottom.’
    • ‘The UK PAAMS will defend the ships from missiles approaching individually or in salvos and is capable of controlling a large number of airborne missiles simultaneously.’
    • ‘These projectors are now loaded with grenades like the US M76, which produce a smoke-screen of hot fragments which descend slowly, and which can be topped up with additional salvos.’
    • ‘The rockets also are spin-stabilized to reduce the dispersion of rockets and thus to increase the accuracy and density of salvos.’
    • ‘We fired a couple of salvoes at what we thought was the Bismarck before the Prince of Wales said we were firing at the wrong ship and we changed over.’
    • ‘A situation might call for an Arclite barrage from a division of siege tanks or a deadly battleship salvo of a targeted area.’
    barrage, volley, shower, deluge, torrent, burst, stream, storm, flood, spate, rain, tide, avalanche, blaze, onslaught
    1. 1.1A number of weapons released from one or more aircraft in quick succession.
      • ‘On Thursday and Friday, April 11 and 12, along with a CBS television crew, I was able to hide on a hillside overlooking the camp and watch the Apache helicopter gunships deliver their deadly salvoes.’
      barrage, cannonade, battery, blast, bombardment, broadside, salvo, fusillade
    2. 1.2A sudden, vigorous, or aggressive act or series of acts.
      ‘the pardons provoked a salvo of accusations’
      • ‘In his opening salvo of the contest, for instance, Mr Clarke devoted more than half an hour of his declaration speech to saying why he wasn't going to talk about the euro and barely mentioned any other subject.’
      • ‘Yesterday the first salvos were fired in a battle over plans for a giant incinerator in Belvedere.’
      • ‘Neil's questioning could be viewed as the opening salvo in the battle for next year's elections to the Scottish parliament, with national economic performance likely to be one of the key issues after health, education and transport.’
      • ‘The Conservatives and Labour today launched the opening salvos in the battle for the parent vote, both promising to give people more choice over their child's schooling and to crack down on poor behaviour.’
      • ‘It has launched its new price comparison service, the latest salvo in the battle for dominance in the Internet search space.’
      assault, attack, offensive, aggression, advance, charge, onrush, rush, storming, sortie, sally, raid, descent, incursion, invasion, foray, push, thrust, drive, blitz, bombardment, barrage, salvo, storm, volley, shower, torrent, broadside


Late 16th century (earlier as salve): from French salve, Italian salva ‘salutation’.

Main meanings of Salvo in English

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Pronunciation /ˈsalvəʊ/

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nounplural noun Salvos

informal Australian
  • A member of the Salvation Army.

    • ‘The Salvation Army's annual Red Shield Appeal is coming up in May, and the Salvos are looking for 100,000 volunteers nationwide to give a hand with the doorknock on the weekend of May 25-26.’
    • ‘This week the Salvos revealed that there has been a 17% increase in people seeking help this Christmas.’
    • ‘The Salvos are associated with alcoholics, drug addiction, and aged care - across the whole range of social services.’
    • ‘She's putting suitcases into the car and tells Boyd she's donating old clothes to the Salvos.’
    • ‘The Salvos had warned that when the hostel closed men would end up camping in the river with nowhere else to go.’


Late 19th century abbreviation of salvation.