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1volley

noun vol·ley \ˈvä-lē\

sports : a shot or kick made by hitting a ball before it touches the ground

: a large number of bullets, arrows, stones, etc., that are shot or thrown at the same time

: a lot of comments, questions, etc., that are directed at a person very quickly

plural volleys

Full Definition of VOLLEY

1
a :  a flight of missiles (as arrows)
b :  simultaneous discharge of a number of missile weapons
c :  one round per gun in a battery fired as soon as a gun is ready without regard to order
d (1) :  the flight of the ball (as in volleyball or tennis) or its course before striking the ground; also :  a return of the ball before it touches the ground
(2) :  a kick of the ball in soccer before it rebounds (3) :  the exchange of the shuttlecock in badminton following the serve
2
a :  a burst or emission of many things or a large amount at once <received a volley of angry letters>
b :  a burst of simultaneous or immediately sequential nerve impulses passing to an end organ, synapse, or center

Examples of VOLLEY

  1. The tank was hit by a volley of bullets.
  2. She was overwhelmed by a volley of questions from the press.

Origin of VOLLEY

Middle French volee flight, from voler to fly, from Old French, from Latin volare
First Known Use: 1573

2volley

verb

sports : to hit (a ball) while it is in the air and before it touches the ground

vol·leyedvol·ley·ing

Full Definition of VOLLEY

transitive verb
1
:  to discharge in or as if in a volley
2
:  to propel (an object) while in the air and before touching the ground; especially :  to hit (a tennis ball) on the volley
intransitive verb
1
:  to become discharged in or as if in a volley
2
:  to make a volley; specifically :  to volley an object of play (as in tennis)
vol·ley·er noun

Examples of VOLLEY

  1. She volleyed the shot over the net.

First Known Use of VOLLEY

1591

Rhymes with VOLLEY

VOLLEYED Defined for Kids

1volley

noun vol·ley \ˈvä-lē\
plural volleys

Definition of VOLLEY for Kids

1
:  a group of missiles (as arrows or bullets) passing through the air
2
:  the firing of many weapons (as rifles) at the same time
3
:  a bursting forth of many things at once <a volley of questions>
4
:  a hit or kick of the ball while it is in the air before it touches the ground <The player hit a volley over the net.>

2volley

verb
vol·leyedvol·ley·ing

Definition of VOLLEY for Kids

:  to hit an object (as a ball) while it is in the air before it touches the ground
Medical Dictionary

volley

noun vol·ley \ˈväl-ē\
plural volleys

Medical Definition of VOLLEY

:  a burst of simultaneous or immediately sequential nerve impulses passing to an end organ, synapse, or center

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