volley

noun
vol·ley | \ ˈvä-lē \
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

Early in the fifth set, del Potro won a point with a diving volley as Nadal attempted a passing shot. Tom Perrotta, WSJ, "Kevin Anderson Upsets Roger Federer at Wimbledon," 11 July 2018 Who among us hasn’t ghosted from a rhythmic volley of text messages with no explanation? Michael Andor Brodeur, BostonGlobe.com, "5 (pretty easy) steps to improve civility online," 6 July 2018 Shortly before cross-clamp, Ashley made and received a volley of phone calls. Shari Rudavsky, Indianapolis Star, "'This room becomes sacred.' The heroic and heartbreaking journey of one organ donor's body," 17 May 2018 On one side, vivid images of volleys of tear gas, thick black smoke billowing from burning tires, panicked medics rushing away the wounded and the dead. Ben Wedeman, CNN, "The dream of 'peace in our time' in the Middle East died on Monday," 14 May 2018 The centerline is the line that extends from the baseline to the non-volley line. Bethany Ao, Philly.com, "How to play pickleball," 12 July 2018 After Dave Romney received a pass from Ashley Cole and sent in a looping cross from the left wing, Ibrahimovic cut back toward goal and took the ball on the volley, sending it past goalkeeper David Ousted. Daniel O'boyle, latimes.com, "Galaxy fail to preserve a lead for the second consecutive game, tying 2-2 with D.C. United," 5 July 2018 The lawsuit, filed Tuesday according to Kings' development group representatives, is the latest volley in an ongoing fight over who should pay to clear up dozens of subcontractor liens for nonpayment against the project. Tony Bizjak, sacbee, "Kings sue contractor over soaring costs at unfinished downtown tower project," 4 July 2018 In his latest volley to shrink the trade deficit the United States maintains with China, Trump last week announced tariffs on $50 billion in products from the world’s second-largest economy. Dino Grandoni, Washington Post, "The Energy 202: Coal is getting caught up in Trump’s burgeoning trade war," 20 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Portugal could have had an equaliser in the 70th minute when Fernando Muslera failed to grab hold of a cross but the ball dropped for Bernardo Silva on his weaker foot and the Manchester City forward volleyed over the bar with the goal at his mercy. SI.com, "Uruguay 2-1 Portugal: Cavani Shines While Ronaldo Fizzles as La Celeste Progress to Quarter Finals," 30 June 2018 Chelsea's inability to find the net again didn't go unpunished as Abdoulaye Doucoure volleyed Watford back level in first-half stoppage time. SI.com, "Watford vs Chelsea Match Preview: Classic Encounter, Key Battle, Team News & More," 5 Feb. 2018 Sampras’s serve and volley against Federer’s return game would be epic. Tara Sullivan, BostonGlobe.com, "Some head-to-head dream matchups we wish we could see," 12 July 2018 Everything seemed set for Japan to progress to the knockout stages - that is, until Jan Bednarek popped up completely unmarked to volley home from a free kick and put Poland in front. SI.com, "Japan 0-1 Poland: Samurai Blue Through on Fair Play After Drab Defeat in Volgograd," 28 June 2018 Surprised, too, were Nassim Motya of the Northeast and Angie Sheehan of Queen Village, who picked up paddles and started to volley. Stu Bykofsky, Philly.com, "Is the new LOVE Park all you need? | Stu Bykofsky," 28 June 2018 Veteran striker Paolo Guerrero assisted on the first goal when Andre Carrillo volleyed the cross and beat Australia goalkeeper Mat Ryan in the 18th minute. Kevin Baxter, latimes.com, "France and Denmark advance to the knockout round after a scoreless draw," 26 June 2018 Guerrero set up Watford winger Carrillo to volley in a fine goal from 16 yards, low into the far corner beyond the dive of Mathew Ryan, to become the first player to score for Peru at the World Cup since Guillermo La Rosa 36 years ago. Andy Scott, chicagotribune.com, "Australia bow out as Peru claim World Cup consolation victory," 26 June 2018 His best chance to extend the match was over, and on Cecchinato’s fourth match point, Djokovic decided to serve and volley only to see a leaping, down-the-line backhand return soar out of his reach and land in the corner for a winner. Christopher Clarey, New York Times, "Unseeded Marco Cecchinato on an Unthinkable Ride at French Open," 5 June 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'volley.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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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 \
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 \
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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