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Definitions for volley
ˈvɒl ivol·ley

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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

  9. Origin: [F. vole; flight, a volley, or discharge of several guns, fr. voler to fly, L. volare. See Volatile.]


  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".

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Volley

    vol′i, n. a flight of shot: the discharge of many small-arms at once: an outburst of many at once: in tennis and lawn-tennis, a hard return of the ball before it reaches the ground—half-volley is a return by striking the ball just as it touches or rises from the ground:—pl. Voll′eys.—v.t. to discharge in a volley.—v.i. to fly together, as missiles: to sound together: in lawn-tennis, to use the stroke so called. [Fr. volée, a flight—voler—L. volāre, to fly.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. volley

    The simultaneous discharge of a number of fire-arms.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. volley

    The simultaneous discharge of a number of fire-arms.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of volley in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of volley in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of volley in a Sentence

  1. Paul Walker:

    Volley is tackling and solving one of the most difficult and important problems in machine learning: extracting knowledge from unstructured information.

  2. Dan Gainor:

    This is just the latest volley in Hollywood's war against faith, rather than simply deny the divine, ‘Angel From Hell’ seeks to denigrate it. They picked 'Glee' veteran Jane Lynch, who hates conservatives, to portray a disgustingly foul and perverted ‘angel.’.

  3. Gilles Muller:

    If I were coaching a young player I would teach them to serve and volley, 95 percent of the top 100 are not doing it so that means they never practise to prepare for a serve and volleyer coming at them. If you mix it up and throw in some serve and volley it makes the returner take more risks.

  4. Florida State Attorney Jeffrey Ashton:

    ( Todashev) went down, but Ibragim Todashev was not incapacitated. Ibragim Todashev came up again in an aggressive manner, and the officer then fired the second volley of three or four shots. Which at that point essentially incapacitated Ibragim Todashev, it would seem almost superhuman, but everything that we have learned in the investigation would show an individual who has a great deal of tolerance of pain and would more or less fight beyond it.

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