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volley


noun, plural vol·leys.

  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. Tennis.
    1. the flight of the ball before it hits the ground.
    2. the return of the ball before it hits the ground.
  5. Soccer. a kick of the ball before it bounces on the ground.
  6. Cricket. a ball so bowled that it hits the wicket before it touches the ground.
  7. Mining. the explosion of several charges at one time.

verb (used with object), vol·leyed, vol·ley·ing.

  1. to discharge in or as in a volley.
  2. Tennis. to return (the ball) before it hits the ground.
  3. Soccer. to kick (the ball) before it bounces on the ground.
  4. Cricket. to bowl (a ball) in such a manner that it is pitched near the top of the wicket.

verb (used without object), vol·leyed, vol·ley·ing.

  1. to fly or be discharged together, as missiles.
  2. to move or proceed with great rapidity, as in a volley.
  3. to fire a volley; sound together, as firearms.
  4. Tennis, Soccer. to return the ball before it touches the ground.

noun

  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 a stroke, shot, or kick at a moving ball before it hits the groundCompare half volley
  5. cricket the flight of such a ball or the ball itself
  6. the simultaneous explosion of several blastings of rock

verb

  1. to discharge (weapons, etc) in or as if in a volley or (of weapons, etc) to be discharged
  2. (tr) to utter vehemently or sound loudly and continuously
  3. (tr) sport to strike or kick (a moving ball) before it hits the ground
  4. (intr) to issue or move rapidly or indiscriminately
n.

1570s, “discharge of a number of guns at once,” from Middle French volee “flight” (12c.), from Vulgar Latin *volta, fem. noun from Latin volatum, past participle of volare “to fly” (see volant). Sporting sense (originally in tennis) is from 1819 (v.), 1862 (n.), from notion of hitting the ball in flight.

n.

  1. 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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