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n. pl. vol·leys
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
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.
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.


Kicking a ball when it is in the air.
References in classic literature ?
Through the volleying drifts of English, Kim caught the general trend of the talk, and it interested him very much.
And then Kerchak emitted the volleying challenge of his kind.
After losing my serve like that, I had to start coming in and serving and volleying behind it.
But all that changed as Blackstock won a corner and then managed to break free of Albion new boy Gabriel Tamas before volleying Malewski's set-piece in off the near post from eight yards.