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 Police fired volleys of tear gas and water cannons outside Polytechnic University while protesters hurled bricks and petrol bombs, setting an overhead footbridge on fire. NBC News, "Hong Kong protesters fight off police with fire and arrows," 17 Nov. 2019 Its initial volley to solve this problem was an overhaul of the App Store in iOS 11, which removed the focus from automatically generated charts and put it instead on editorial curation. Samuel Axon, Ars Technica, "Apple Arcade isn’t the only subscription: GameClub revives old iOS games," 25 Oct. 2019 But Mauro Manotas was called offside prior to his shot off the volley, which found the back of the net. Glynn A. Hill, Houston Chronicle, "Dynamo defeat Galaxy in season finale," 6 Oct. 2019 Playing her throwback serve-and-volley, chip-and-charge game, Taylor Townsend flummoxed the Wimbledon champion Simona Halep and then hung on to close out a tight victory, winning, 2-6, 6-3, 7-6 (4). Christopher Clarey, New York Times, "2019 U.S. Open Highlights: Coco Gauff Wins the Night," 29 Aug. 2019 And as my volleys of verbal abuse against Siri the other day proved, the product is still disturbingly tolerant of insults. Sigal Samuel, Vox, "Alexa, are you making me sexist?," 12 June 2019 People heard a volley of gunshots from a large-caliber handgun and more gunshots from a smaller-caliber gun in the chaotic situation. Mara H. Gottfried, Twin Cities, "Murder charge: St. Paul shooting stemmed from feud over firearm," 30 Sep. 2019 If Lloyd’s staging creates a kind of desert, the pauses are his crocuses—pale, fragile, miraculous. More simply, the pauses act as phrase markers between graceful volleys of British-accented English speech. Vinson Cunningham, The New Yorker, "Experiments with Context in “Betrayal” and “Eureka Day”," 9 Sep. 2019 Stocks fell sharply on Wall Street on Friday after President Trump responded to China’s threat of new tariffs on American imports with an angry volley of tweets, helping to push the market to its fourth-straight weekly loss. Matt Phillips, New York Times, "S&P, Dow and Nasdaq Slide After China Tariff Threat and Trump Twitter Response," 23 Aug. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The Boston Bruins draft pick scored his first collegiate goal by volleying a bouncing puck from his backhand to his forehand. Matt Wellens / Forum News Service, Twin Cities, "Minnesota Duluth sweeps Gophers in men’s hockey behind Stillwater’s Jackson Cates," 26 Oct. 2019 Her voice is a dry, all-seeing third eye, volleying from a helicopter view of the city to a street level perspective. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "Natasha Stagg’s Sleeveless Describes the New York That We Hate To Love," 25 Oct. 2019 Senior back Claire Geier delivered a free kick from midfield that Schenning volleyed home from 8 yards with 4:22 left before halftime. Glenn Graham, baltimoresun.com, "Athletes of the Week: Marriotts Ridge football’s Jaylin Moore and Mercy soccer’s Payton Schenning," 1 Oct. 2019 Xander Bogaerts followed by volleying a single to center on a 1-2 curveball that gave the Sox a 2-1 advantage. BostonGlobe.com, "For the first time in his storied big league career, Giants ace Madison Bumgarner took the mound at Fenway Park on Thursday. Yet it was the San Francisco southpaw’s Red Sox counterpart who delivered a performance that more fully resembled a vintage Bumgarner outing.," 20 Sep. 2019 Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Bernie Sanders of Vermont are practically neck-and-neck in the polls and are expected to volley over relief of student debt, allowing former inmates the right to vote, Medicare for all and more. Melanie Eversley, Fortune, "Warren-Sanders Match, Battle for Spotlight Among Lesser-Knowns Predicted for Tonight’s Democratic Debate," 30 July 2019 Just ten minutes later, Khairi was at it again, volleying in a cross from 12 yards out. SI.com, "World Cup Preview: Portugal vs Morocco - Recent Form, Predictions, Team News & More," 19 June 2018 The players combined to win 101 net points and served and volleyed 49 times. Ravi Ubha, CNN, "Nadal edges Medvedev to win fourth US Open and 19th major, only one behind Federer," 9 Sep. 2019 Each year, area high schools are invited to the Grandstand Court to volley with pros, hear some interviews and experience a day among the world's best tennis players. Scott Springer, Cincinnati.com, "Area prep tennis players grace Western & Southern Open Grandstand Court on High School Day," 11 Aug. 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

29 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Volley.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/volleying. Accessed 7 December 2019.

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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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