[ vol-ee ]
/ ˈvɒl i /

noun, plural vol·leys.

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

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

Origin of volley

1565–75; < Middle French volee flight, noun use of feminine past participle of voler to fly < Latin volāre

Related forms

vol·ley·er, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for volley


/ (ˈvɒlɪ) /



Derived Forms

volleyer, noun

Word Origin for volley

C16: from French volée a flight, from voler to fly, from Latin volāre
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Medicine definitions for volley


[ vŏlē ]


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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