[ 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 formsvol·ley·er, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for volley


/ (ˈvɒlɪ) /



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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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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