noun, plural volleys.
the simultaneous discharge of a number of missiles or firearms.
the missiles so discharged.
a burst or outpouring of many things at once or in quick succession: a volley of protests.
the flight of the ball before it hits the ground.
the return of the ball before it hits the ground.
Soccer. a kick of the ball before it bounces on the ground.
Cricket. a ball so bowled that it hits the wicket before it touches the ground.
Mining. the explosion of several charges at one time.
verb (used with object), volleyed, volleying.
to discharge in or as in a volley.
Tennis. to return (the ball) before it hits the ground.
Soccer. to kick (the ball) before it bounces on the ground.
Cricket. to bowl (a ball) in such a manner that it is pitched near the top of the wicket.
verb (used without object), volleyed, volleying.
to fly or be discharged together, as missiles.
to move or proceed with great rapidity, as in a volley.
to fire a volley; sound together, as firearms.
Tennis, Soccer. to return the ball before it touches the ground.

1565–75; < Middle French volee flight, noun use of feminine past participle of voler to fly < Latin volāre

volleyer, noun
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volley (ˈvɒlɪ)
1.  the simultaneous discharge of several weapons, esp firearms
2.  the projectiles or missiles so discharged
3.  a burst of oaths, protests, etc, occurring simultaneously or in rapid succession
4.  sport Compare half volley a stroke, shot, or kick at a moving ball before it hits the ground
5.  cricket the flight of such a ball or the ball itself
6.  the simultaneous explosion of several blastings of rock
7.  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.  (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]

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Word Origin & History

1570s, "discharge of a number of guns at once," from M.Fr. volee "flight" (12c.), from V.L. *volta, fem. noun from L. volatum, pp. of volare "to fly." Sporting sense (originally in tennis) is from 1819 (v.), 1862 (n.), from notion of hitting the ball in flight.
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volley vol·ley (vŏl'ē)
The bursting forth of many things together, such as a synchronous group of impulses induced simultaneously by artificial stimulation of either nerve fibers or muscle fibers.

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Example sentences
They fired a volley from their muskets, every bullet aimed.
The word originally meant a canon shot or volley of musket fire.
The shooters fired a volley toward the flickering ears, killing four hippos.
Many thousands went onto the streets, to be met by a volley of gunfire.
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