volley

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noun

vol·​ley ˈvä-lē How to pronounce volley (audio)
plural volleys
1
a(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
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

volley

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verb

volleyed; volleying

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
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.
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
After netting a volley to close one early 11-stroke exchange, Djokovic sighed and walked to his sideline seat to grab a purple-and-green towel for dabbing at sweat. Howard Fendrich, Hartford Courant, 14 July 2024 That tied the match 2-2 and set the stage for Rodriguez’s stunning volley in the 82nd minute. Daniel Sperry, Kansas City Star, 8 July 2024
Verb
Instead of the usual approach of the top two artists simply putting on their own sets of music — and perhaps rotating who gets to close the show each night — these two iconic R&B trios completely sewed their sets together and constantly volleyed the spotlight between them. Jim Harrington, The Mercury News, 28 June 2024 His presence had an almost immediate impact, heading the ball down to Depay who took the ball brilliantly on his thigh and torso before volleying acrobatically past keeper Patrick Pentz. Matias Grez, CNN, 26 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for volley 

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

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

First Known Use

Noun

1573, in the meaning defined at sense 1b

Verb

1591, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 2

Time Traveler
The first known use of volley was in 1573

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Cite this Entry

“Volley.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/volley. Accessed 24 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

volley

1 of 2 noun
vol·​ley ˈväl-ē How to pronounce volley (audio)
plural volleys
1
: a group of missiles (as arrows or bullets) passing through the air
2
: a firing of a number of weapons (as rifles) at the same time
3
: a bursting forth of many things at once
a volley of praise
4
: the act of volleying

volley

2 of 2 verb
volleyed; volleying
1
: to shoot in a volley
2
: to hit an object (as a ball) while it is in the air before it touches the ground

Medical Definition

volley

noun
vol·​ley ˈväl-ē How to pronounce volley (audio)
plural volleys
: a burst of simultaneous or immediately sequential nerve impulses passing to an end organ, synapse, or center

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