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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

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

  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

Full Definition of volley

vol·leyedvol·ley·ing

  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)

vol·ley·er noun

Examples of volley

  1. She volleyed the shot over the net.



1591

First Known Use of volley

1591


Medical Dictionary

volley

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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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