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 Del Viscio was quick to help the Generals get going with a clean volley from 16 yards for the early advantage. Glenn Graham, baltimoresun.com, 24 Sep. 2021 Sabalenka then closed it out with a serve and volley to even the match at one-set all. Adam Zagoria, Forbes, 10 Sep. 2021 With a volley of fireworks at National Stadium, the Tokyo Summer Olympics ended with a bang. Tim Hornyak/tokyo, Time, 11 Aug. 2021 Alexis Vega headed in Mexico's opener in the 46th minute and Sebastian Cordova doubled the lead with a volley in the 55th. Rob Harris, Star Tribune, 22 July 2021 Barty, despite possessing some of the best volleys on tour, did not serve and volley once this year at Wimbledon. New York Times, 10 July 2021 Hurkacz won 50 points at the net, including 10 when playing serve-and-volley. BostonGlobe.com, 6 July 2021 After ending the match with a leaping volley, Djokovic who spread his arms, tapped his chest and crouched to touch the red clay at Court Philippe Chatrier. Samuel Petrequin, The Christian Science Monitor, 13 June 2021 May 21 on a report of a volley of gun fire being heard. cleveland, 27 May 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Ivacic double-palmed it away, and Cade Cowell tried to volley the rebound, but smashed it over the bar. oregonlive, 5 Aug. 2021 Highsmith would volley back the blame, suggesting that all her character defects, including her queerness, were Mary’s fault. New York Times, 19 Apr. 2021 In a ship-on-ship missile battle, opposing naval groups would volley anti-ship missiles at each other while trying to shoot down incoming missiles. David Axe, Forbes, 1 Mar. 2021 So get to work with a rebounder that will volley back. Popular Science, 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, 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, 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, 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, 2 Oct. 2019

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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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22 Oct 2021

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“Volley.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/volley. Accessed 22 Oct. 2021.

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volley

noun

English Language Learners Definition of volley

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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)

: 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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