- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
Origin of volley
Examples from the Web for volley
An initial volley of missiles killed five people in the home, and 10 minutes later a second volley killed up to 11 rescuers.Obama’s Deadly Informants: The Drone Spotters of Pakistan
Umar Farooq, Syed Fakhar Kakakhel
November 12, 2014
But given the volley of claim and counterclaim, it seems unlikely that this will, in fact, be the final exchange.Woody Allen Fires Back: Dylan Farrow Was Brainwashed By Her Mother, Mia Farrow
February 8, 2014
That, it appears, is the first volley in what will inevitably become a protracted conflict.An Unauthorized Book Leaks and Roger Ailes's Team Prepares for War
January 8, 2014
Did Sen. Elizabeth Warren sound the first volley of a 2016 campaign Sunday?What’s Elizabeth Warren Up To Now?
September 10, 2013
Another associate, German Gorbuntsov, narrowly survived a volley of shots in London last March.Russian Corruption is Poisoning Britain
April 4, 2013
At the bridge they met the British infantry, who gave them a volley.A Sketch of the Life of Brig. Gen. Francis Marion
William Dobein James
He fired his volley of explanation at his employer with the rapidity of a Maxim gun.Thoroughbreds
W. A. Fraser
Volley after volley was poured into the dense mass, at deadly range.The Story of the Malakand Field Force
Sir Winston S. Churchill
"Hope they don't wing one another," he remarked of the askaris' volley.The Leopard Woman
Stewart Edward White
A cry of surprise was raised, and drowned in a volley of ribald inquiry and chaff.The Black Bag
Louis Joseph Vance
- the simultaneous discharge of several weapons, esp firearms
- the projectiles or missiles so discharged
- a burst of oaths, protests, etc, occurring simultaneously or in rapid succession
- sport a stroke, shot, or kick at a moving ball before it hits the groundCompare half volley
- cricket the flight of such a ball or the ball itself
- the simultaneous explosion of several blastings of rock
- to discharge (weapons, etc) in or as if in a volley or (of weapons, etc) to be discharged
- (tr) to utter vehemently or sound loudly and continuously
- (tr) sport to strike or kick (a moving ball) before it hits the ground
- (intr) to issue or move rapidly or indiscriminately
Word Origin and History for volley
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.
- 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.