noun, plural vol·leys.
- the flight of the ball before it hits the ground.
- the return of the ball before it hits the ground.
verb (used with object), vol·leyed, vol·ley·ing.
verb (used without object), vol·leyed, vol·ley·ing.
Origin of volley
Related Words for volleysalvo, gunfire, burst, firing, crossfire, battery, cannonade, hail, shower, bombardment, storm, round, enfilade
Examples from the Web for volley
Contemporary Examples of 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
Historical Examples of volley
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
Word Origin 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.