salvo

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Word of the Day
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salvo

Pronunciation /ˈsalvəʊ/
noun salvos, salvoes
1 A simultaneous discharge of artillery or other guns in a battle.
1.1 A number of weapons released from one or more aircraft in quick succession.
1.2 A sudden, vigorous, or aggressive act or series of acts.

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

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An opening salvo of cannon is probably the last which will be so well coordinated. [That’s the military canon I learned from reading Hornblower novels.]

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