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vol·ley

 (vŏl′ē)
n. pl. vol·leys
1.
a. A simultaneous discharge of a number of bullets or other projectiles.
b. The bullets or projectiles so discharged.
2. A group of remarks, expressions, or actions directed toward a certain recipient or audience: a volley of oaths; a volley of laughter.
3. Sports
a. An exchange of strokes in a court game, such as volleyball, ending when one side fails to make a good return and resulting in a point or the loss of service.
b. A stroke, kick, or other strike of the ball made before the ball touches the ground.
c. The flight of a ball before it touches the ground: kicked the soccer ball on the volley.
v. vol·leyed, vol·ley·ing, vol·leys
v.tr.
1. To discharge (projectiles) in a volley: volleyed musket shots at the attackers.
2. Sports To strike (a tennis ball, for example) before it touches the ground.
3. To direct or send in a mass or series: volleyed insults at each other.
v.intr.
1. To be discharged in a volley.
2. Sports To make a volley, especially in tennis.
3. To move or be directed rapidly, forcefully, or loudly in a mass or series: The hailstones volleyed down. Charges and countercharges volleyed through the courtroom.

[French volée, from Old French, from voler, to fly, from Latin volāre.]

vol′ley·er n.

volley

(ˈvɒlɪ)
n
1. (Firearms, Gunnery, Ordnance & Artillery) the simultaneous discharge of several weapons, esp firearms
2. (Firearms, Gunnery, Ordnance & Artillery) the projectiles or missiles so discharged
3. a burst of oaths, protests, etc, occurring simultaneously or in rapid succession
4. (General Sporting Terms) sport a stroke, shot, or kick at a moving ball before it hits the ground. Compare half volley
5. (Cricket) cricket the flight of such a ball or the ball itself
6. (Mining & Quarrying) the simultaneous explosion of several blastings of rock
vb
7. (Firearms, Gunnery, Ordnance & Artillery) to discharge (weapons, etc) in or as if in a volley or (of weapons, etc) to be discharged
8. (tr) to utter vehemently or sound loudly and continuously
9. (General Sporting Terms) (tr) sport to strike or kick (a moving ball) before it hits the ground
10. (intr) to issue or move rapidly or indiscriminately
[C16: from French volée a flight, from voler to fly, from Latin volāre]
ˈvolleyer n

vol•ley

(ˈvɒl i)

n., pl. -leys,
v.
n.
1. the simultaneous discharge of a number of missiles or firearms.
2. the missiles so discharged.
3. a burst or outpouring of many things at once or in quick succession: a volley of protests.
4.
a. the return of a ball or shuttlecock, as in tennis or badminton, before it hits the ground.
b. the flight of the ball before it hits the ground.
c. a series of such returns; rally.
5. a kick of the ball in soccer before it bounces on the ground.
v.t.
6. to discharge in or as if in a volley.
7. to return (a ball) before it hits the ground, as in tennis.
8. to kick (the ball) in soccer before it bounces on the ground.
v.i.
9. to be discharged together, as missiles.
10. to move or proceed with great rapidity, as in a volley.
11. to fire a volley; sound together, as firearms.
12. to return a ball, as in tennis or soccer, before it touches the ground.
[1565–75; < Middle French volee flight, derivative of voler to fly < Latin volāre]
vol′ley•er, n.

Volley

 a flight of missiles; a bursting forth of many things at once; a crowd of persons or things; a company of troops; a flock of birds in flight.
Examples: volley of anathemas, 1874; of angels, 1610; of archers, 1656; of arrows, 1598; of bullets; of small charms, 1749; of compliments, 1782; of darts,1788; of disgraces, 1593; of ring doves, 1601; of duns (debts, or the people trying to cover them), 1693; of grievances, 1779; of gunfire; of guns, 1839; of tumultuous hail, 1737; of love and loyalty, 1647; of merriment, 1877; of miseries, 1639; of musketry, 1817; of oaths, 1649; of praises, 1620; of scriptures, 1590; of shot, 1583; of stones, 1686; of words, 1591.

volley


Past participle: volleyed
Gerund: volleying

Imperative
volley
volley
Present
I volley
you volley
he/she/it volleys
we volley
you volley
they volley
Preterite
I volleyed
you volleyed
he/she/it volleyed
we volleyed
you volleyed
they volleyed
Present Continuous
I am volleying
you are volleying
he/she/it is volleying
we are volleying
you are volleying
they are volleying
Present Perfect
I have volleyed
you have volleyed
he/she/it has volleyed
we have volleyed
you have volleyed
they have volleyed
Past Continuous
I was volleying
you were volleying
he/she/it was volleying
we were volleying
you were volleying
they were volleying
Past Perfect
I had volleyed
you had volleyed
he/she/it had volleyed
we had volleyed
you had volleyed
they had volleyed
Future
I will volley
you will volley
he/she/it will volley
we will volley
you will volley
they will volley
Future Perfect
I will have volleyed
you will have volleyed
he/she/it will have volleyed
we will have volleyed
you will have volleyed
they will have volleyed
Future Continuous
I will be volleying
you will be volleying
he/she/it will be volleying
we will be volleying
you will be volleying
they will be volleying
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been volleying
you have been volleying
he/she/it has been volleying
we have been volleying
you have been volleying
they have been volleying
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been volleying
you will have been volleying
he/she/it will have been volleying
we will have been volleying
you will have been volleying
they will have been volleying
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been volleying
you had been volleying
he/she/it had been volleying
we had been volleying
you had been volleying
they had been volleying
Conditional
I would volley
you would volley
he/she/it would volley
we would volley
you would volley
they would volley
Past Conditional
I would have volleyed
you would have volleyed
he/she/it would have volleyed
we would have volleyed
you would have volleyed
they would have volleyed
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.volley - rapid simultaneous discharge of firearmsvolley - rapid simultaneous discharge of firearms; "our fusillade from the left flank caught them by surprise"
firing, fire - the act of firing weapons or artillery at an enemy; "hold your fire until you can see the whites of their eyes"; "they retreated in the face of withering enemy fire"
2.volley - a tennis return made by hitting the ball before it bouncesvolley - a tennis return made by hitting the ball before it bounces
return - a tennis stroke that sends the ball back to the other player; "he won the point on a cross-court return"
ground stroke - a tennis return made by hitting the ball after it has bounced once
Verb1.volley - be dispersed in a volleyvolley - be dispersed in a volley; "gun shots volleyed at the attackers"
volley - discharge in, or as if in, a volley; "the attackers volleyed gunshots at the civilians"
dissipate, scatter, disperse, spread out - move away from each other; "The crowds dispersed"; "The children scattered in all directions when the teacher approached";
2.volley - hit before it touches the groundvolley - hit before it touches the ground; "volley the tennis ball"
hit - cause to move by striking; "hit a ball"
3.volley - discharge in, or as if in, a volleyvolley - discharge in, or as if in, a volley; "the attackers volleyed gunshots at the civilians"
discharge - pour forth or release; "discharge liquids"
volley - be dispersed in a volley; "gun shots volleyed at the attackers"
4.volley - make a volley
court game - an athletic game played on a court
play - participate in games or sport; "We played hockey all afternoon"; "play cards"; "Pele played for the Brazilian teams in many important matches"
5.volley - utter rapidly; "volley a string of curses"
let loose, let out, utter, emit - express audibly; utter sounds (not necessarily words); "She let out a big heavy sigh"; "He uttered strange sounds that nobody could understand"

volley

noun barrage, blast, burst, explosion, shower, hail, discharge, bombardment, salvo, fusillade, cannonade It's still not known how many died in the volleys of gunfire.

volley

noun
A concentrated outpouring, as of missiles, words, or blows:
Translations
وابِلٌ من الطَّلَقات أو الأسْئِلَه
palbasalvavolejvypálit salvuzahrát volejem
flugteflugtersalve
volej
levegõbõl ütlevegõbõl ütésröpteröptézsortûz
drita, skjóta ótt og títthríîòaî aî slá bolta áîur en hann lendirslá á lofti
apiberti krušaatmušti oresalvėsmūgis į lekiantį kamuolįtinklinis
apbērtatsist bumbu lidojumābumbas atsišana lidojumākrusastraume
salvavoleio
volejzahrať volejom
salvovolevole vurmakyaylım ateşyaylım ateşi açmak

volley

[ˈvɒlɪ]
A. N
1. [of shots] → descarga f (cerrada); [of applause] → salva f; [of stones, objects] → lluvia f; [of insults] → torrente m
2. (Tennis) → volea f
B. VT
1. [+ abuse, insults] → dirigir (at a)
2. (Tennis) → volear
C. VI (Mil) → lanzar una descarga

volley

[ˈvɒli]
n
(in tennis)volée f; (in football)reprise f de volée
[gunfire] → salve f; [stones] → volée f
A volley of shots rang out
BUT Une volée de balles résonna.
[abuse, questions] → volée f
vt
(in tennis)volleyer
(in football)
He volleyed the ball into the net → D'une reprise de volée il envoya le ballon dans les filets.

volley

n
(of shots)Salve f; (of arrows, stones)Hagel m; (fig) (of insults)Flut f, → Hagel m; (of applause)Sturm m
(Tennis) → Volley m, → Flugball m
vt to volley a ball (Tennis) → einen Ball im Volley spielen, einen Volley spielen or schlagen
vi
(Mil) → eine Salve abfeuern; (guns, shots)(in einer Salve) abgefeuert werden
(Tennis) → einen Volley schlagen

volley

[ˈvɒlɪ] n (of shots, stones, insults) → raffica, scarica; (of gunfire) → salva (Tennis) → volée f inv, volata

volley

(ˈvoli) noun
1. in tennis, the hitting of a ball before it bounces.
2. a burst of firing etc. a volley of shots; a volley of questions/curses.
verb
1. to hit (a ball etc) before it bounces. He volleyed the ball back to his opponent.
2. to fire a rapid burst of (bullets, questions etc).
ˈvolleyball noun
a game in which a ball is volleyed over a high net, using the hands.
References in classic literature ?
Whereupon Victor administered a rebuke in the form of a volley of abuse, which, owing to its rapidity and incoherence, was all but incomprehensible to Edna.
Dimmesdale longed at least to shake hands with the tarry black-guard, and recreate himself with a few improper jests, such as dissolute sailors so abound with, and a volley of good, round, solid, satisfactory, and heaven-defying oaths
At that moment in one of the intervals of profound darkness, following the flashes, a voice was heard at his side; and almost at the same instant a volley of thunder peals rolled overhead.
No, they came in a body, they came with a whirr and a rush, they came like a volley from a battery; came with heads low down, plumes streaming out behind, lances advanced at a level.
It was a common trick with the boys--particularly if a stranger was present--to pretend a cramp and howl for help; then when the stranger came tearing hand over hand to the rescue, the howler would go on struggling and howling till he was close at hand, then replace the howl with a sarcastic smile and swim blandly away, while the town boys assailed the dupe with a volley of jeers and laughter.
That honest creature was in deep affliction, I remember, and must have become quite buttonless on the occasion; for a little volley of those explosives went off, when, after having made it up with my mother, she kneeled down by the elbow-chair, and made it up with me.
This ill-timed defiance might have procured for De Bracy a volley of arrows, but for the hasty and imperative interference of the outlaw Chief.
The cannon-shot was followed after a considerable interval by a volley of small arms.
When this shower of arrows was over, I fell a groaning with grief and pain; and then striving again to get loose, they discharged another volley larger than the first, and some of them attempted with spears to stick me in the sides; but by good luck I had on a buff jerkin, which they could not pierce.
He informed me that the King his master was encamped not far off, and that a chec who was then in the company was just arrived from thence, and had seen the Emperor of Aethiopia's letters in our favour; I was then convinced that we might land without scruple, and to give the patriarch notice of it ordered a volley of our muskets to be fired, which was answered by the cannon of the two ships that lay at a distance, for fear of giving the Moors any cause of suspicion by their approach.
All the adventures that could befall him from that time forth he regarded as already done and brought to a happy issue; he made light of enchantments and enchanters; he thought no more of the countless drubbings that had been administered to him in the course of his knight-errantry, nor of the volley of stones that had levelled half his teeth, nor of the ingratitude of the galley slaves, nor of the audacity of the Yanguesans and the shower of stakes that fell upon him; in short, he said to himself that could he discover any means, mode, or way of disenchanting his lady Dulcinea, he would not envy the highest fortune that the most fortunate knight-errant of yore ever reached or could reach.
But the outlaws retreated stubbornly and now and again turned to hold their pursuers at bay by a volley of arrows.