Volley definition

vŏlē
A burst or emission of many things at once.

A volley of words.

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(sports) To strike (a tennis ball, for example) before it touches the ground.
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To be discharged in a volley.
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To direct or send in a mass or series.

Volleyed insults at each other.

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(sports) To make a volley, especially in tennis.
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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.

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To discharge in or as in a volley.
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(sports) To return (the ball, etc.) as a volley.
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To be discharged in or as in a volley.
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The simultaneous firing of a number of missiles or bullets; the projectiles so fired.
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(sports) The flight of a ball just before it bounces.
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(sports) A shot in which the ball is played before it hits the ground.
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(cricket) A sending of the ball full to the top of the wicket.
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To fire a volley of shots.
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(sports) To hit the ball before it touches the ground.
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(sports, intransitive) To make a volley.
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To discharge (projectiles) in a volley.

Volleyed musket shots at the attackers.

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A group of remarks, expressions, or actions directed toward a certain recipient or audience.

A volley of oaths; a volley of laughter.

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A simultaneous discharge of a number of bullets or other projectiles.
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The bullets or projectiles so discharged.
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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.
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A stroke, kick, or other strike of the ball made before the ball touches the ground.
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The flight of a ball before it touches the ground.

Kicked the soccer ball on the volley.

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A burst of words or acts suggestive of this.

A volley of curses, questions, etc.

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The simultaneous discharge of a number of firearms or other weapons.
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The bullets, arrows, etc. discharged in this way.
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The act of returning the ball, shuttlecock, etc. in certain games before it touches the ground.
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The flight of the ball, etc. before it touches the ground.
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(loosely) Any extended exchange of shots, as in tennis or volleyball, esp. such an exchange in warming up for a game.
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To return the ball, etc. as a volley.
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(loosely) To engage in a volley.
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(intransitive) To be fired in a volley.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
volley
Plural:
volleys

Origin of volley

  • French volée from Old French from voler to fly from Latin volāre

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle French volee (“flight"), from Vulgar Latin volta, from Late Latin volatus.

    From Wiktionary