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 But this book is simply another volley in a long game that will continue for years as scholars continue to wrestle with why the modern world exploded first in Europe. Razib Khan, National Review, "The WEIRDest People in the World," 16 Sep. 2020 Dimon’s concerns are just the latest volley in the debate over the myriad pros and cons of remote work, in what could ultimately set the new precedent for white-collar jobs. Whizy Kim, refinery29.com, "WFH: JPMorgan CEO Says Young Employees Working From Home Slack Off," 16 Sep. 2020 But serving for the championship, Zverev missed a forehand volley and Thiem broke back. Wayne Coffey, USA TODAY, "Dominic Thiem outlasts Alexander Zverev, comes back from two sets down to win US Open and first Grand Slam title," 14 Sep. 2020 Tinnerholm's goal was a show-stopping volley from the top of FC Cincinnati's penalty area. Pat Brennan, The Enquirer, "FC Cincinnati drops 2-1 decision at New York City FC," 13 Sep. 2020 Some instances of infection in domestic and farmed animals have prompted a volley of inquiries to veterinarians and animal-welfare charities from concerned animal lovers world-wide. Jason Douglas, WSJ, "Can You Get Covid-19 From Your Dog? Here’s What Disease Experts Say," 7 Sep. 2020 Shortly afterward, a volley of rifle rounds rang out nearby, sending some several ducking inside for cover, as Arradondo and Knight drew their service weapons and went to investigate. Libor Jany, Star Tribune, "Questions remain about attacks reportedly by white supremacists during George Floyd riots," 3 Sep. 2020 This is the latest volley in a round of reciprocating jabs between the two countries, which have recently included China's expulsion of US journalists and the shuttering of a Chinese consulate in Houston. Aj Willingham, CNN, "5 things to know for September 3: Coronavirus, protests, election, Russia, China," 3 Sep. 2020 Farmers and factories were part of the collateral damage from the volley of tariffs as the two largest countries in the world jockeyed for an edge. Josh Boak, Star Tribune, "AP FACT CHECK: GOP taps distortions to heap praise on Trump," 26 Aug. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb So get to work with a rebounder that will volley back. Popular Science, "Home tennis training tools guaranteed to up your game," 18 June 2020 Following a short corner from Bou to Penilla, Bunbury was found unmarked to volley in the season-opening goal. Hayden Bird, BostonGlobe.com, "Montreal Impact get drop on New England Revolution in MLS season opener," 29 Feb. 2020 The characters tenderly volley for a bit before Elijah’s mother, Sylvia (Niecy Nash), calls for order. Lovia Gyarkye, New York Times, "‘Uncorked’ Review: A Fresh Take on the Father-Son Drama," 27 Mar. 2020 But 13 minutes from time, Callum Hudson-Odoi, back after his lengthy absence with an Achilles injury, crossed from the left, and Willian, in his 300th appearance for Chelsea, volleyed in. Jonathan Wilson, SI.com, "Suarez Saves Barcelona on Champions League Day of Great Escapes for Favorites," 2 Oct. 2019 Chelsea opened with a home loss to Valencia but joined the Spanish team on three points by beating Lille 2-1, with Brazil winger Willian volleying in the clinching goal in the 78th minute. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Liverpool, Barcelona dig out wins in Champions League," 2 Oct. 2019 The red card was a huge moment in the game, with Frankfurt taking the initiative and beginning to dominate the game; Filip Kostic netting to give them the lead before Djibril Sow volleyed the ball emphatically into a gaping net to double their lead. SI.com, "Eintracht Frankfurt 5-1 Bayern Munich: Report, Ratings & Reaction as Bayern Fall to Stunning Loss," 2 Nov. 2019 Then came what’s arguably the hardest part for most politicians: a segment called The Short Answer, during which the moderators volleyed rapid-fire questions, to be answered briefly. Natalie Gontcharova, refinery29.com, "Wealth Tax, Weed & Black Twitter: Here’s What Happened At The VICE Brown & Black Democratic Presidential Forum," 21 Jan. 2020 These verses were volleyed off onto grandiose Billboard-topping studio albums, knotty mixtapes scavenged by backpack rap nerds, or the projects of his countless collaborators at a breathtaking rate. Time, "Mac Miller's Posthumous Album Circles Is a Heartbreaking Plea For Inner Peace," 17 Jan. 2020

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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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The first known use of volley was in 1573

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Last Updated

27 Sep 2020

Cite this Entry

“Volley.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/volley. Accessed 30 Sep. 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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