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 formsvol·ley·er, noun
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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
Derived Formsvolleyer, noun

Word Origin for volley

C16: from French volée a flight, from voler to fly, from Latin volāre
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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.

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volley in Medicine




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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