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 Local news reported multiple attackers and a volley of about eight shots. Kate Morrissey, San Diego Union-Tribune, "A legitimate fear of death doesn’t always matter in the US asylum system," 11 Oct. 2020 Amy Hess for permission to try to obtain DNA from Kenneth Walker, Taylor's boyfriend, who fired a gun at Taylor's apartment, precipitating a volley of police fire that killed Taylor. Tessa Duvall, The Courier-Journal, "Investigative report blames media 'misinformation' in Breonna Taylor case for civil unrest," 9 Oct. 2020 The state’s waterfowl season had been open only a short while, and Will Smith and his son, Harrison, discharged a volley from their shotguns that splashed a hen wood duck into the water just beyond their decoys. Star Tribune, "Visits to the Smith's shack for duck hunting openers always the best of times," 26 Sep. 2020 According to the court filing, Saper was subsequently subject to a volley of racist and vulgar abuse from the email address and made aware of another website, codynasonrapeshisdog.godaddysites.com. Josh Noel, chicagotribune.com, "A former employee of Michelin-starred Acadia granted no stalking order against chef Ryan McCaskey, alleges online harassment," 16 Sep. 2020 There has been a volley of filings and court rulings in recent days over ballot drop boxes in Ohio, both in federal and state courts. Andrew J. Tobias, cleveland, "Ohio counties can offer expanded ballot collection options, but only at a single site, Secretary of State Frank LaRose says," 5 Oct. 2020 The vitriolic geopolitical volley comes as Trump enters the final stretch of his re-election campaign, in which his handling of COVID-19 is a central issue. Deirdre Shesgreen, USA TODAY, "Trump has 'shady political motives' in blaming China for pandemic, Beijing official says," 23 Sep. 2020 As India’s parliament resumed its monsoon session on Sept. 14, the central government was faced with a volley of questions about the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on various aspects of the economy. Manavi Kapur, Quartz India, "A list of things the Modi government says it has no data on," 17 Sep. 2020 But this book is simply another volley in a long game that will continue for years as scholars continue to wrestle with why the modern world exploded first in Europe. Razib Khan, National Review, "The WEIRDest People in the World," 16 Sep. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb So get to work with a rebounder that will volley back. Popular Science, "Home tennis training tools guaranteed to up your game," 18 June 2020 Following a short corner from Bou to Penilla, Bunbury was found unmarked to volley in the season-opening goal. Hayden Bird, BostonGlobe.com, "Montreal Impact get drop on New England Revolution in MLS season opener," 29 Feb. 2020 The characters tenderly volley for a bit before Elijah’s mother, Sylvia (Niecy Nash), calls for order. Lovia Gyarkye, New York Times, "‘Uncorked’ Review: A Fresh Take on the Father-Son Drama," 27 Mar. 2020 But 13 minutes from time, Callum Hudson-Odoi, back after his lengthy absence with an Achilles injury, crossed from the left, and Willian, in his 300th appearance for Chelsea, volleyed in. Jonathan Wilson, SI.com, "Suarez Saves Barcelona on Champions League Day of Great Escapes for Favorites," 2 Oct. 2019 Chelsea opened with a home loss to Valencia but joined the Spanish team on three points by beating Lille 2-1, with Brazil winger Willian volleying in the clinching goal in the 78th minute. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Liverpool, Barcelona dig out wins in Champions League," 2 Oct. 2019 The red card was a huge moment in the game, with Frankfurt taking the initiative and beginning to dominate the game; Filip Kostic netting to give them the lead before Djibril Sow volleyed the ball emphatically into a gaping net to double their lead. SI.com, "Eintracht Frankfurt 5-1 Bayern Munich: Report, Ratings & Reaction as Bayern Fall to Stunning Loss," 2 Nov. 2019 Then came what’s arguably the hardest part for most politicians: a segment called The Short Answer, during which the moderators volleyed rapid-fire questions, to be answered briefly. Natalie Gontcharova, refinery29.com, "Wealth Tax, Weed & Black Twitter: Here’s What Happened At The VICE Brown & Black Democratic Presidential Forum," 21 Jan. 2020 These verses were volleyed off onto grandiose Billboard-topping studio albums, knotty mixtapes scavenged by backpack rap nerds, or the projects of his countless collaborators at a breathtaking rate. Time, "Mac Miller's Posthumous Album Circles Is a Heartbreaking Plea For Inner Peace," 17 Jan. 2020

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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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The first known use of volley was in 1573

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Last Updated

21 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Volley.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/volley. Accessed 30 Oct. 2020.

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More Definitions for volley

volley

noun
How to pronounce volley (audio)

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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