One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
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’
barrage, volley, shower, deluge, torrent, burst, stream, storm, flood, spate, rain, tide, avalanche, blaze, onslaughtView synonyms
- ‘The vertical launching system has the capacity to launch 16 Tomahawk submarine launched cruise missiles in a single salvo.’
- ‘The submerged firing of the missiles can be conducted in a single salvo while the submarine is moving at a speed of 5 knots.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘It also developed a new ideology of team and reciprocal protection of air combat formations, and cruise missile salvos by naval ships.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Off Norway, Triton challenged a darkened submarine but failed to elicit a response before firing a salvo which sent Oxley to the bottom.’
- ‘As a result of being hit by two torpedoes and over 20 salvos of gunfire in a night attack, Canberra I sustained critical damage.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘The Macaw's cannons unleashed a salvo that pummeled the pinnace.’
- ‘The Columbia opened fire with full battery salvoes, disgorging a storm of blue-white plasma fire into the separate targets.’
- ‘The resulting yield from the salvo caused the Battlecruiser to break apart, a tidal wave of flame running its entire length.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘A situation might call for an Arclite barrage from a division of siege tanks or a deadly battleship salvo of a targeted area.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘The rockets also are spin-stabilized to reduce the dispersion of rockets and thus to increase the accuracy and density of salvos.’
- ‘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.’
- 1.1 A number of weapons released from one or more aircraft in quick succession.
barrage, cannonade, battery, blast, bombardment, broadside, fusilladeView synonyms
- ‘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.’
- 1.2 A sudden, vigorous, or aggressive act or series of acts.‘the pardons provoked a salvo of accusations’
assault, attack, offensive, aggression, advance, charge, onrush, rush, storming, sortie, sally, raid, descent, incursion, invasion, foray, push, thrust, drive, blitz, bombardment, barrage, storm, volley, shower, torrent, broadsideView synonyms
- ‘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.’
- ‘It has launched its new price comparison service, the latest salvo in the battle for dominance in the Internet search space.’
- ‘Yesterday the first salvos were fired in a battle over plans for a giant incinerator in Belvedere.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
Late 16th century (earlier as salve): from French salve, Italian salva ‘salutation’.
A member of the Salvation Army.
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘The Salvos are associated with alcoholics, drug addiction, and aged care - across the whole range of social services.’
- ‘This week the Salvos revealed that there has been a 17% increase in people seeking help this Christmas.’
Late 19th century: abbreviation of salvation.
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