volley

noun
vol·​ley | \ ˈvä-lē How to pronounce volley (audio) \
plural volleys

Definition of volley

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a(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
b : a flight of missiles (such as arrows)
c : simultaneous discharge of a number of missile weapons
d : one round per gun in a battery fired as soon as a gun is ready without regard to order
2a : 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

volley

verb
volleyed; volleying

Definition of volley (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to propel (an object) while in the air and before touching the ground especially : to hit (a tennis ball) on the volley
2 : to discharge in or as if in a volley

intransitive verb

1 : to make a volley specifically : to volley an object of play (as in tennis)
2 : to become discharged in or as if in a volley

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Other Words from volley

Verb

volleyer noun

Examples of volley in a Sentence

Noun

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

Verb

She volleyed the shot over the net.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

At one point, some in the crowd threw bottles and stones at the police, who responded with several volleys of what appeared to be tear gas. Juan Montes, WSJ, "Migrant Caravan Crosses Mexico’s Southern Border," 19 Oct. 2018 With its supply of oxygenated blood constricted, the nurse's heart had fired off a volley of erratic and dangerous electrical signals. Melissa Healy, latimes.com, "DIY or die: How an Australian outback nurse diagnosed his own heart attack and saved his life," 8 Mar. 2018 His perfectly struck volley from about 18 yards came in the 47th minute after Panama was unable to clear a free kick. Tim Booth, chicagotribune.com, "Romelu Lukaku scores twice as Belgium rolls past Panama 3-0," 18 June 2018 Nadal led the fifth set 4-2, 30-15 on his serve, but missed an easy backhand winner with Djokovic out of position at the net after a weak volley. Tom Perrotta, WSJ, "Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal Set for Another Australian Open Showdown," 25 Jan. 2019 But as Moon arrived, the North's main newspaper lobbed a rhetorical volley at Washington that could make Moon's job all the more delicate, blaming the United States alone for the lack of progress in denuclearization talks. Fox News, "Korean leaders meet in Pyongyang for potentially tough talks," 18 Sep. 2018 Many of the best points came in the tiebreaker, including a 23-shot rally that Nadal finished off with a forehand half-volley drop shot to set up his first set point. Mattias Karen, chicagotribune.com, "Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal to finish their Wimbledon semifinal Saturday," 13 July 2018 Da Silva put Caen ahead with a firm header from a corner in the 53rd before Bammou pounced in the 57th with a fine half-volley. USA TODAY, "Monaco rallies from 2-0 down and a red card to beat Lyon 3-2," 4 Feb. 2018 The seven-person honor guard fired the ceremonial three-volley salute and folded the American flag that had blanketed Glasser's casket. Megan Cassidy, azcentral, "Fallen police Officer David Glasser remembered at moving memorial service," 26 May 2016

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Those who don’t volley well have a weakness, one that can be exploited on grass. Tom Perrotta, WSJ, "On Wimbledon’s Grass, Volleys Still Make a Difference," 9 July 2018 McNally served-and-volleyed down break point more than once—and make dozens of dashes to the net. Jon Wertheim, SI.com, "Mailbag: Looking Back at Roland Garros," 13 June 2018 Like Sampras, Federer served well and knew how to volley. Tom Perrotta, WSJ, "Roger Federer’s Stunning Loss Is Another Look at the Future," 20 Jan. 2019 Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang ran onto a long ball into the Newcastle area and picked out Lacazette, who stretched to volley home at the far post for his 13th goal of a difficult first season following his move from Lyon. Afp, chicagotribune.com, "Wenger: Newcastle loss 'story of our season'," 15 Apr. 2018 The Belgians could easily have scored more, with Pickford making a good save to stop a shot from De Bruyne in the 11th and Alderweireld volleying narrowly over the bar in the 35th. James Ellingsworth, BostonGlobe.com, "Belgium claims third place at World Cup," 14 July 2018 The Belgians could easily have scored more, with Pickford making a good save to stop a shot from De Bruyne in the 11th and Alderweireld volleying narrowly over the bar in the 35th. James Ellingworth, chicagotribune.com, "Belgium win 3rd place with victory over England," 14 July 2018 The family volleys weekly from one trend to another: Monogrammed this, Yeezy that. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "Kim Kardashian and Kylie Jenner are Wearing Tom Ford’s Gucci—As They Should," 23 Aug. 2018 Fafa Picault pounced on the loose ball and volleyed it in. Jonathan Tannenwald, Philly.com, "Adama Diomande hat trick sinks Union in 4-1 loss at LAFC," 30 June 2018

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First Known Use of volley

Noun

1573, in the meaning defined at sense 1b

Verb

1591, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 2

History and Etymology for volley

Noun

Middle French volee flight, from voler to fly, from Old French, from Latin volare

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volley

noun

English Language Learners Definition of volley

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

volley

verb

English Language Learners Definition of volley (Entry 2 of 2)

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

volley

noun
vol·​ley | \ ˈvä-lē How to pronounce volley (audio) \
plural volleys

Kids Definition of volley

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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.

volley

verb
volleyed; volleying

Kids Definition of volley (Entry 2 of 2)

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

volley

noun
vol·​ley | \ ˈväl-ē How to pronounce volley (audio) \
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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