Definition of salvo :
1. A concentrated fire from pieces of artillery, as in endeavoring to make a break in a fortification; a volley.
2. A salute paid by a simultaneous, or nearly simultaneous, firing of a number of cannon.
3. An exception; a reservation; an excuse.
- However I still persisted and follow'd the Pretender's Cause, the Success of the Roman- Catholick Interest provoking me to it: For I imagin'd that Salvo ought to weigh down in Practise, where other Matters relating to Succession were still under Controversy; but when I took under serious Consideration the Practise of our Ancestors, and how in all Ages both Church and State came frequently into Non- Hereditary Measures, where I run over the String of Disappointments King James had met withal by the Politic Management of France. - "Memoirs of Major Alexander Ramkins (1718)", Daniel Defoe.
- Indeed, the question must have been on three other tongues as well, for Donaldson's reply, " Oh, descend to the earth and let you step out then," was greeted by all five of us with a salvo of deep, lusty sighs of relief. - "The Red-Blooded Heroes of the Frontier", Edgar Beecher Bronson.
- A new salvo broke out over the sky where he should have been. - "Letters from France", C. E. W. Bean.