salvo definition by Webster's New World
- a discharge of a number of pieces of artillery or small arms, in regular succession or at the same time, either as a salute or, esp. in naval battles, as a broadside
- the release of a load of bombs or the launching of several rockets at the same time
- a burst of cheers or applause
Origin: Italian salva ; from Classical Latin salve, hail, imperative of salvere, to be safe ; from salvus, safe
- a dishonest mental reservation; excuse or quibbling evasion
- an expedient for saving one's pride or honor
- Law a saving clause; reservation
Origin: ; from Midieval Latin legal phrase salvo jure, right being reserved (; from Classical Latin salvus: see safe)
salvo definition by American Heritage Dictionary
noun pl. sal·vos or sal·voes
- a. A simultaneous discharge of firearms.b. The simultaneous release of a rack of bombs from an aircraft.c. The projectiles or bombs thus released.
- Something resembling a release or discharge of bombs or firearms, as:a. A sudden outburst, as of cheers or praise.b. A forceful verbal or written assault.
Origin: Italian salva, from French salve, from Latin salvē, hail, imperative of salvēre, to be in good health, from salvus, safe; see sol- in Indo-European roots.
noun pl. sal·vos
- A mental provision or reservation.
- Law A saving clause.
- An expedient for protecting one's reputation or for soothing one's conscience.
Origin: Latin salvō (as in Medieval Latin salvō iūre, saving the right), ablative of salvus, safe; see safe.