Definitions for volleyˈvɒl i

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

vol•leyˈvɒl i(n.; v.)(pl.)-leys

  1. the simultaneous discharge of a number of missiles or firearms.

    Category: Military

  2. the missiles so discharged.

    Category: Military

  3. a burst or outpouring of many things at once or in quick succession:

    a volley of protests.

  4. the return of a ball or shuttlecock, as in tennis or badminton, before it hits the ground. the flight of the ball before it hits the ground. a series of such returns; rally.

    Category: Sport

  5. a kick of the ball in soccer before it bounces on the ground.

    Category: Sport

  6. (v.t.)to discharge in or as if in a volley.

  7. to return (a ball) before it hits the ground, as in tennis.

    Category: Sport

  8. to kick (the ball) in soccer before it bounces on the ground.

    Category: Sport

  9. (v.i.)to be discharged together, as missiles.

    Category: Military

  10. to move or proceed with great rapidity, as in a volley.

  11. to fire a volley; sound together, as firearms.

    Category: Military

  12. to return a ball, as in tennis or soccer, before it touches the ground.

    Category: Sport

Origin of volley:

1565–75; < MF volee flight, der. of voler to fly < L volāre


Princeton's WordNet

  1. fusillade, salvo, volley, burst(noun)

    rapid simultaneous discharge of firearms

    "our fusillade from the left flank caught them by surprise"

  2. volley(verb)

    a tennis return made by hitting the ball before it bounces

  3. volley(verb)

    be dispersed in a volley

    "gun shots volleyed at the attackers"

  4. volley(verb)

    hit before it touches the ground

    "volley the tennis ball"

  5. volley(verb)

    discharge in, or as if in, a volley

    "the attackers volleyed gunshots at the civilians"

  6. volley(verb)

    make a volley

  7. volley(verb)

    utter rapidly

    "volley a string of curses"


  1. volley(Noun)

    The simultaneous firing of a number of missiles or bullets; the projectiles so fired

  2. volley(Noun)

    The flight of a ball just before it bounces

  3. volley(Noun)

    A shot in which the ball is played before it hits the ground

  4. volley(Verb)

    To fire a volley of shots

  5. volley(Verb)

    To hit the ball before it touches the ground

  6. volley(Verb)

    To be fired in a volley

  7. volley(Verb)

    To make a volley

  8. Origin: From volee, from volta, from volatus.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Volley(noun)

    a flight of missiles, as arrows, bullets, or the like; the simultaneous discharge of a number of small arms

  2. Volley(noun)

    a burst or emission of many things at once; as, a volley of words

  3. Volley(noun)

    a return of the ball before it touches the ground

  4. Volley(noun)

    a sending of the ball full to the top of the wicket

  5. Volley(verb)

    to discharge with, or as with, a volley

  6. Volley(verb)

    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

  7. Volley(verb)

    to return the ball before it touches the ground

  8. Volley(verb)

    to send the ball full to the top of the wicket


  1. Volley

    A volley in tennis is a shot in which the ball is struck before it bounces on the ground. Generally a player hits a volley while standing near the net, although it can be executed farther back, in the middle of the tennis court or even near the baseline. The word derives from M. French volée meaning flight. The primary objective of the volley is to go on the offensive and cut the amount of time for the opponent to react. Another advantage is that a player eliminates any possibility of a bad bounce from an uneven surface such as on some grass and clay courts. Also, if near the net, a volleyer has a wider choice of angles to hit into the opponent's court. However, quick reflexes and hand–eye coordination are required to execute this shot. The primary means of countering a volley are the passing shot and the lob. Generally, a player who advances to the net in the serve and volley type of game will make the initial volley fairly near the service line. The player will then move closer to the net in hopes of making a put-away volley for a winning point. It is difficult to hit an effective volley in the area between the baseline and the service line, consequently this is often called "no man's land".

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in tennis, the hitting of a ball before it bounces.

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