Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A simultaneous discharge of a number of missiles.
  • n. The missiles thus discharged.
  • n. A bursting forth of many things together: a volley of oaths.
  • n. Sports The flight of a ball before it touches the ground: kicked the soccer ball on the volley.
  • n. Sports A shot, especially in tennis, made by striking the ball before it touches the ground.
  • transitive v. To discharge in or as if in a volley: volley musket shots at the attackers.
  • transitive v. Sports To strike (a tennis ball, for example) before it touches the ground.
  • intransitive v. To be discharged in or as if in a volley.
  • intransitive v. Sports To make a volley, especially in tennis.
  • intransitive v. To move rapidly, forcefully, or loudly like missiles: The hailstones volleyed down. Charges and countercharges volleyed through the courtroom.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The simultaneous firing of a number of missiles or bullets; the projectiles so fired
  • n. The flight of a ball just before it bounces
  • n. A shot in which the ball is played before it hits the ground
  • v. To fire a volley of shots
  • v. To hit the ball before it touches the ground
  • v. To be fired in a volley
  • v. To make a volley

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A flight of missiles, as arrows, bullets, or the like; the simultaneous discharge of a number of small arms.
  • n. A burst or emission of many things at once.
  • n.
  • n. A return of the ball before it touches the ground.
  • n. A sending of the ball full to the top of the wicket.
  • intransitive v. To be thrown out, or discharged, at once; to be discharged in a volley, or as if in a volley; to make a volley or volleys.
  • intransitive v.
  • intransitive v. To return the ball before it touches the ground.
  • intransitive v.
  • intransitive v. To send the ball full to the top of the wicket.
  • transitive v. To discharge with, or as with, a volley.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In cricket, of the bowler: To bowl a ball which reaches the batsman before pitching.
  • To bowl a full-pitch.
  • To discharge in a volley, or as if in a volley: often with out. Compare volleyed.
  • In lawn-tennis and tennis, to return on the fly: said of the ball: drive (the ball) with the racket before it strikes the ground.
  • To fly together, as missiles; hence, to issue or be discharged in large number or quantity.
  • To sound together, or in continuous or repeated explosions, as firearms.
  • In lawn-tennis and tennis, to return the ball before it touches the ground, especially by a swift stroke: as, he volleys well.
  • n. In cricket: A full-pitch.
  • n. A ball so bowled as to reach the batsman without touching the ground.
  • n. In mining, the ignition and explosion of several blasts in the rock at one time, or of groups of such blasts in sections.
  • n. The flight of a number of missile weapons together; hence, the discharge simultaneously, or nearly so, of a number of missile weapons.
  • n. Hence, a noisy or explosive burst or emission of many things at once.
  • n. In lawn-tennis and tennis, a return of the ball by the racket before it touches the ground, especially a swift, return.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. utter rapidly
  • v. discharge in, or as if in, a volley
  • n. rapid simultaneous discharge of firearms
  • v. be dispersed in a volley
  • n. a tennis return made by hitting the ball before it bounces
  • v. hit before it touches the ground
  • v. make a volley

Etymologies

French volée, from Old French, from voler, to fly, from Latin volāre.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle French volee ("flight"), from Vulgar Latin volta, from Late Latin volatus. (Wiktionary)

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