Definitions for salvoˈsæl voʊ
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an outburst resembling the discharge of firearms or the release of bombs
fusillade, salvo, volley, burst(noun)
rapid simultaneous discharge of firearms
"our fusillade from the left flank caught them by surprise"
a sudden outburst of cheers
"there was a salvo of approval"
an exception; a reservation; an excuse
a concentrated fire from pieces of artillery, as in endeavoring to make a break in a fortification; a volley
a salute paid by a simultaneous, or nearly simultaneous, firing of a number of cannon
Origin: [L. salvo jure, literally, the right being reserved. See Safe.]
A salvo is the simultaneous discharge of artillery or firearms including the firing of guns either to hit a target or to perform a salute. Troops armed with muzzleloaders required time in which to refill their arms with gunpowder and shot. Gun drills were designed to enable an almost continuous rain of fire on the enemy by lining troops into ranks, allowing one rank to fire a salvo, or volley, while the other ranks prepared their guns for firing. The term is commonly used to describe the firing of broadsides by warships, especially battleships. During fleet engagements in the days of sail, from 17th century until the 19th century, ships of the line were maneuvered with the objective of bringing the greatest possible number of cannon to bear on the enemy and to discharge them in a salvo, causing enough damage and confusion as to allow time for the cannon to be swabbed out and reloaded. Crossing the T, employed by Horatio Nelson, entailed cutting across the enemy's line of battle to enable broadsides to be fired through the enemy's bow or stern along the whole length of the ship, with every shot likely to cause the maximum carnage. The opportunity was a passing one and the most had to be made of it.
Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms
1. In naval gunfire support, a method of fire in which a number of weapons are fired at the same target simultaneously. 2. In close air support or air interdiction operations, a method of delivery in which the release mechanisms are operated to release or fire all ordnance of a specific type simultaneously.
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