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 Oil prices briefly spiked above $65 per barrel this week after a volley of missile strikes launched by Iran and the U.S., but reassurances that tensions had decreased have sent prices back below $60. Erin Douglas, Houston Chronicle, "U.S. rig count plunges by 15," 10 Jan. 2020 The new films are more inclusive and feature a diverse cast and a focus on a female protagonist, Daisy Ridley’s Rey, leading to volleys of racist and sexist remarks directed at the franchise’s newest stars. Jonathan Landrum Jr., Twin Cities, "‘Rise of Skywalker’ is almost here, but a dark side looms," 17 Dec. 2019 Riot police later swept in with volleys of tear gas and muscular arrests as peaceful rallies again degenerated into widespread violence and chaos in the semi-autonomous Chinese territory. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Protests, clashes as bid to block Hong Kong mask ban fails," 6 Oct. 2019 Riot police repeatedly fired blue liquid — used to identify protesters — from a water cannon truck and multiple volleys of tear gas after demonstrators hurled Molotov cocktails at officers and targeted the city's government office complex. chicagotribune.com, "More violence grips Hong Kong ahead of China’s National Day," 30 Sep. 2019 In stoppage time at the end of the first half, Granit Xhaka unleashed a venomous volley from outside the area, with home goalkeeper Dean Henderson showing fine athleticism to parry the Swiss' swerving drive wide of the post. SI.com, "Sheffield United 1-0 Arsenal: Report, Ratings & Reaction as Gunners Lament Refereeing Decisions," 21 Oct. 2019 After just narrowly missing an immediate equalizer, Ibisevic scored in the 37th after Marius Wolf whipped in a good cross, and the home fans were cheering again in the 44th, when Dilrosun scored with a half-volley to Darida’s cross. CiarÁn Fahey, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Hertha ends wait to beat Düsseldorf, stretch Bundesliga run," 4 Oct. 2019 Within 11 minutes of the restart, the deficit was down to one as Takumi Minamino unleashed a stunning volley into the far corner as the impossible began to look more than possible. James Masters, CNN, "Liverpool survives astonishing Salzburg fightback in seven-goal thriller," 2 Oct. 2019 The opening volley was the release a couple of weeks ago of Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen fried chicken sandwich. Emily Spicer, ExpressNews.com, "Podcast: The chicken sandwich war of 2019," 28 Aug. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The finale, with timpanists Jauvon Gilliam and Scott Christian volleying thunder from opposite sides of the stage, led to less a unified resolution than a heterogeneous catharsis. Washington Post, "National Symphony Orchestra considers the one and the many in program of Grieg, Dvorak and Nielsen," 7 Feb. 2020 Everton did take advantage of having an extra man in the seventh minute of added time, and Cenk Tosun powerfully headed home from Lucas Digne's volleyed cross. SI.com, "Everton 1-1 Tottenham: Cenk Tosun Header Earns a Point as Fixture Is Marred by Andre Gomes Injury," 3 Nov. 2019 Singleton crossed the ball into the box and Ramos volleyed it into the net. Bay Area News Group, The Mercury News, "Youth soccer results," 18 Sep. 2019 Success, disappointment on grass Cilic won the tournament in both singles and doubles and a dozen years later -- with serving and volleying a rarity for players -- landed a date with the king of SW19, Federer, in the final. Ravi Ubha, CNN, "Marin Cilic feels he can win more grand slams ... could it happen at Wimbledon next month?," 17 June 2019 In the fourth set, Medvedev started to serve-and-volley more to shorten rallies, but the set proceeded on serve until the 10th game. David Waldstein, New York Times, "Rafael Nadal Wins the U.S. Open to Claim His 19th Grand Slam Title," 8 Sep. 2019 Striker Marcus Berg was the biggest culprit, spurning two openings in quick succession, while Albin Ekdal volleyed over with the goal at his mercy. Steve Douglas, chicagotribune.com, "Emil Forsberg delivers as Sweden reaches World Cup quarterfinals with 1-0 win over Switzerland," 3 July 2018 For every positive statistic the optimists can cite, the pessimists can volley back a more downbeat number. John Gallagher, Detroit Free Press, "Mountain of data gauging Detroit's progress is open to interpretation. Here's what to believe.," 7 Dec. 2019 The visitors eventually made Bochum pay for their missed chances when Serge Gnabry volleyed the ball into the back of the net from close range, while Armel Bella-Kotchap's late red card put a win for Bayern Munich in sight. SI.com, "Bochum 1-2 Bayern Munich: Report, Ratings & Reaction as Gnabry & Muller Net Late in Pokal Classic," 29 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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Time Traveler for volley

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The first known use of volley was in 1573

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Last Updated

22 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Volley.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/volley. Accessed 25 Feb. 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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