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

Les Bleus and their cast of stars represent a high hurdle to clear for an Argentina side that labored through the group stage, fought turmoil on and off the field and advanced thanks to Marcos Rojo's improbable late volley against Nigeria. Avi Creditor, SI.com, "LIVE: France, Argentina Square Off in Star-Studded World Cup Last-16 Matchup," 30 June 2018 Milan Badelj crashed a volley against the bar, and moments later scored for Croatia in the 53th minute, sprinting into the area to fire a bouncing shot past goalkeeper Hannes Halldorsson. Derek Gatopoulos, BostonGlobe.com, "Croatia’s reserves halt hard-fighting Iceland," 26 June 2018 Milan Badelj crashed a volley against the bar, and moments later scored for Croatia in the 53th minute, sprinting into the area to fire a bouncing shot past goalkeeper Hannes Halldorsson. Derek Gatopoulos, chicagotribune.com, "Croatia reserves halt hard-fighting Iceland 2-1 at World Cup," 26 June 2018 Read More Shooting kills one at apartment building in the Northland, police say Several residents reported hearing a volley of gunshots and several men racing from the scene. Cortlynn Stark, kansascity, "Two charged in death of man in Northland apartment," 13 June 2018 Israeli forces were firing volleys of tear gas to disperse the crowds, and the sound of heavy gunfire could be heard. Fares Akram Ilan Ben Zion, The Christian Science Monitor, "US embassy opens in Jerusalem as dozens killed in Gaza," 14 May 2018 Saddles were emptied in the first volley and fierce fighting ensued. Roger Naylor, azcentral, "Famous graves in Arizona: Big Nose Kate, Cochise and other notables," 27 Apr. 2018 The latest volley came last week when Vanguard eliminated online transaction fees for virtually all ETFs bought and sold through its brokerage platform, including rivals’ funds. Asjylyn Loder, WSJ, "Investors Win From ETF Price War," 12 July 2018 This is the latest volley in Twitter’s intensifying battle to stem the spread of abuse, misinformation and propaganda. Jessica Guynn, USA TODAY, "Why Donald Trump and Barack Obama are about to lose a lot of Twitter followers," 11 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 Ludvig Augustinsson volleyed past goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa from close range five minutes into the second half after Viktor Claeson miskicked a cross in the box and the ball fell to Augustinsson's feet. Houston Chronicle, "Mexico, Sweden advance from group stage; defending World Cup champ Germany eliminated," 27 June 2018 Real Sociedad right-back Alvaro Odriozola volleyed Spain ahead on 29 minutes in Vila-real with a fantastic strike from the edge of the area in just his third international appearance. Afp, chicagotribune.com, "Spain remain unbeaten under Lopetegui with Switzerland draw," 3 June 2018 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

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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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