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volley

noun vol·ley \ ˈvä-lē \
Updated on: 21 Nov 2017

Definition of volley

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

Examples of volley in a Sentence

  1. The tank was hit by a volley of bullets.

  2. She was overwhelmed by a volley of questions from the press.

Recent Examples of volley from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of volley

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


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volley

verb

Definition of volley

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

  1. She volleyed the shot over the net.

Recent Examples of volley from the Web

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First Known Use of volley

1591


VOLLEY Defined for English Language Learners

volley

noun

Definition of volley for English Language Learners

  • 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

Definition of volley for English Language Learners

  • sports : to hit (a ball) while it is in the air and before it touches the ground


VOLLEY Defined for Kids

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volley

noun vol·ley \ ˈvä-lē \

Definition of volley for Students

plural volleys
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.

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volley

verb

Definition of volley for Students

volleyed; volleying
: to hit an object (as a ball) while it is in the air before it touches the ground

Medical Dictionary

volley

noun vol·ley \ ˈväl-ē \

medical Definition of volley

plural volleys
: a burst of simultaneous or immediately sequential nerve impulses passing to an end organ, synapse, or center


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