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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 ?
It was followed by the swift flashes of the rifles, which sent their leaden messengers across the rock in volleys, as though the assailants would pour out their impotent fury on the insensible scene of the fatal contest.
There are men who know a foreign language so well and have used it so long in their daily life that they seem to discharge whole volleys of it into their English writings unconsciously, and so they omit to translate, as much as half the time.
When the audience recognized these familiar mementos of Pudd'nhead's old time childish "puttering" and folly, the tense and funereal interest vanished out of their faces, and the house burst into volleys of relieving and refreshing laughter, and Tom chirked up and joined in the fun himself; but Wilson was apparently not disturbed.
Flashing weapons, blazing torches, smoking waggonloads of wet straw, hard work at neighbouring barricades in all directions, shrieks, volleys, execrations, bravery without stint, boom smash and rattle, and the furious sounding of the living sea; but, still the deep ditch, and the single drawbridge, and the massive stone walls, and the eight great towers, and still Defarge of the wine-shop at his gun, grown doubly hot by the service of Four fierce hours.
What Little Toomai liked was to scramble up bridle paths that only an elephant could take; the dip into the valley below; the glimpses of the wild elephants browsing miles away; the rush of the frightened pig and peacock under Kala Nag's feet; the blinding warm rains, when all the hills and valleys smoked; the beautiful misty mornings when nobody knew where they would camp that night; the steady, cautious drive of the wild elephants, and the mad rush and blaze and hullabaloo of the last night's drive, when the elephants poured into the stockade like boulders in a landslide, found that they could not get out, and flung themselves at the heavy posts only to be driven back by yells and flaring torches and volleys of blank cartridge.
But the retreating force turned thrice and sent such volleys of keen arrows from their good yew bows, that they kept a distance between the two forces.
The volleys di- rected against them had had a seeming windlike effect.
On this particular occasion they made such an outrageous noise, and continued it with such perseverance, that for awhile, had entire volleys of musketry been fired off in the neighbouring mountains, I should not have been able to have heard them.
The reports of the firearms became rapid, whole volleys rising from the plain, as flocks of more than ordinary numbers darted over the opening, shadowing the field like a cloud; and then the light smoke of a single piece would issue from among the leafless bushes on the mountain, as death was hurled on the retreat of the affrighted birds, who were rising from a volley, in a vain effort to escape.
The Tonquin shortly afterwards made her way through the intricate channel, an came to anchor in the little bay, and was saluted from the encampment with three volleys of musketry and three cheers.
As need was, therefore, it applied itself lustily to the pipe, and sent forth such abundant volleys of tobacco smoke that the small cottage kitchen became all vaporous.
His language I will not even pretend to indicate: his skinny throat swelled and trembled with the monstrous volleys.