Meaning of salvo

salvo




A salvo is when troops fire their guns all at the same time. A salvo of shots might signal the beginning of a military battle.

Another word for the gunfire kind of salvo is a “volley.” Military planners have used salvos as a way to overwhelm an opposing army, including during engagements between battleships and tanks. You can also use salvo in a more figurative way, describing a verbal barrage or attack: “Her direct, almost rude questions were seen as the opening salvo in the battle between the two political candidates.”

Definitions of salvo
  1. noun

    rapid simultaneous discharge of firearms

    synonyms:

    burst, fusillade, volley

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    type of:

    fire, firing

    the act of firing weapons or artillery at an enemy

  2. noun

    an outburst resembling the discharge of firearms or the release of bombs

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    type of:

    burst, flare-up, outburst

    a sudden intense happening

  3. noun

    a sudden outburst of cheers

    “there was a
    salvo of approval”
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    type of:

    cheer

    a cry or shout of approval

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