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

Fischer’s goal was for Sampras to play more effective attacking tennis: players with one-handed backhands can often make a more seamless move to the net, where backhand volleys are hit with one hand. Christopher Clarey, New York Times, "Sometimes in Tennis, One Hand is Still Better Than Two," 30 June 2018 With tensions once again on the rise, a parade featuring the very missiles that so unnerved Trump last year, and led to a dangerous volley of insults from both leaders, could be seen as a deliberate provocation. Eric Talmadge, Fox News, "N. Korea stages huge parade, holds back on advanced missiles," 9 Sep. 2018 Israeli soldiers fired live rounds and volleys of tear gas. Fares Akram, chicagotribune.com, "Gazans rally near Israel border in blockade-busting campaign," 11 May 2018 The attacks began on Wednesday with a couple of short mortar volleys that landed some 400 yards from the post. Michael M. Phillips, WSJ, "America’s Other Endless War: Battling al-Shabaab in Somalia," 17 Jan. 2019 The ruling from the bench — in effect, the judicial version of buying time — followed a flurry of legal volleys by each side concerning the fate of CBS, which Ms. Redstone hopes to merge with its fellow National Amusements media company, Viacom. New York Times, "CBS Tries to Sell Its TV Dramas as Its Own Battle Heats Up in Court," 16 May 2018 Baugh, who was outside the 3-point line when the shot went up, sprinted in and grabbled the loose ball after a couple of volleys and scored the layup. James Weber, Cincinnati.com, "Baugh's basket gives Beechwood historic win in All 'A' tourney," 20 Jan. 2018 Benjamin Pavard collects an Hernandez cross that sails through to the far side and hits a volley that may have been better than Di Maria’s, which is saying something. Christopher Clarey, New York Times, "Messi Exits the World Cup. Hours Later, So Does Ronaldo.," 1 July 2018 Her coach - Patrick Mouratoglou - began the first session by focusing on the technical aspects of the game - cross-court and down-the-line shots, quick reaction at and to the net, close-in volleys with her hitting partner, and drop shots. NOLA.com, "Optimum Performance: Joining Serena Williams' comeback in Florida," 23 Mar. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 The 31-year-old reacted quickest following a deflection to volley a dipping shot beyond the outstretched arm of Jaime Penedo from an unlikely angle. SI.com, "Belgium 3-0 Panama: Romelu Lukaku Brace Helps Red Devils Break Panamanian Hearts," 18 June 2018 Eventually, however, La Albiceleste's pressure paid off and they were duly rewarded with a winner, Rojo popping up in Nigeria's penalty box to impressively volley home past the helpless Uzoho. SI.com, "Nigeria 1-2 Argentina: Late Show By Rojo Sees La Albiceleste Sneak Into Knockout Stages of World Cup," 26 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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