- the simultaneous discharge of a number of firearms or other weapons
- the bullets, arrows, etc. discharged in this way
- a burst of words or acts suggestive of this: a volley of curses, questions, etc.
- the act of returning the ball, shuttlecock, etc. in certain games before it touches the ground
- the flight of the ball, etc. before it touches the ground
- loosely any extended exchange of shots, as in tennis or volleyball, esp. such an exchange in warming up for a game
Origin of volleyMiddle French volee from Vulgar Latin an unverified form volata from feminine of Classical Latin volatus, past participle of volare, to fly
transitive verb-·leyed, -·ley·ing
- to discharge in or as in a volley
- Sports to return (the ball, etc.) as a volley
- to be discharged in or as in a volley
- to return the ball, etc. as a volley
- loosely to engage in a volley
- a. A simultaneous discharge of a number of bullets or other projectiles.b. The bullets or projectiles so discharged.
- A group of remarks, expressions, or actions directed toward a certain recipient or audience: a volley of oaths; a volley of laughter.
- Sports a. An exchange of strokes in a court game, such as volleyball, ending when one side fails to make a good return and resulting in a point or the loss of service.b. A stroke, kick, or other strike of the ball made before the ball touches the ground.c. The flight of a ball before it touches the ground: kicked the soccer ball on the volley.
verbvol·leyed, vol·ley·ing, vol·leys
- To discharge (projectiles) in a volley: volleyed musket shots at the attackers.
- Sports To strike (a tennis ball, for example) before it touches the ground.
- To direct or send in a mass or series: volleyed insults at each other.
- To be discharged in a volley.
- Sports To make a volley, especially in tennis.
- To move or be directed rapidly, forcefully, or loudly in a mass or series: The hailstones volleyed down. Charges and countercharges volleyed through the courtroom.
Origin of volleyFrench volée from Old French from voler to fly from Latin volāre
- The simultaneous firing of a number of missiles or bullets; the projectiles so fired
- A burst or emission of many things at once.
- a volley of words
- (sports) The flight of a ball just before it bounces
- (sports) A shot in which the ball is played before it hits the ground
- (cricket) A sending of the ball full to the top of the wicket.
(third-person singular simple present volleys, present participle volleying, simple past and past participle volleyed)
- To fire a volley of shots
- (sports) To hit the ball before it touches the ground
- (intransitive) To be fired in a volley
- (sports, intransitive) To make a volley
From Middle French volee (“flight"), from Vulgar Latin volta, from Late Latin volatus.