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volley

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noun, vol·ley \ˈvä-lē\

Simple Definition of volley

  • 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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of volley

plural volleys

  1. 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. 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 in a sentence

  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


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volley

verb, vol·ley

Simple Definition of volley

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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of volley

volleyedvolleying

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to discharge in or as if in a volley

  3. 2 :  to propel (an object) while in the air and before touching the ground; especially :  to hit (a tennis ball) on the volley

  4. intransitive verb
  5. 1 :  to become discharged in or as if in a volley

  6. 2 :  to make a volley; specifically :  to volley an object of play (as in tennis)

volleyer noun

Examples of volley in a sentence

  1. She volleyed the shot over the net.



1591

First Known Use of volley

1591


VOLLEY Defined for Kids

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volley

play
noun vol·ley \ˈvä-lē\

Definition of volley for Students

plural volleys

  1. 1 :  a group of missiles (as arrows or bullets) passing through the air

  2. 2 :  the firing of many weapons (as rifles) at the same time

  3. 3 :  a bursting forth of many things at once <a volley of questions>

  4. 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.>




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volley

play
verb vol·ley

Definition of volley for Students

volleyedvolleying

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




Medical Dictionary

volley

play
noun vol·ley \ˈväl-ē\

Medical Definition of volley

plural volleys

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





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