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
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|DAILY BEAST
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|Tim Teeman|February 8, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Lloyd Grove|January 8, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Did Sen. Elizabeth Warren sound the first volley of a 2016 campaign Sunday?
Another associate, German Gorbuntsov, narrowly survived a volley of shots in London last March.
Joe Rix blinked once more, caught his breath, and fired his volley.Gunman's Reckoning|Max Brand
In the moment of surprise each side let fly with a volley, and Howe fell instantly, shot through the heart.Fort Amity|Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
Their first volley, coming from such an unexpected quarter, created a great commotion.The Story of a Cannoneer Under Stonewall Jackson|Edward A. Moore
Give them a volley from your pistols as they range alongside, and then trust to cold steel for the rest.The Pirate Slaver|Harry Collingwood
Volley after volley thundered down upon them as they climbed, but not once did the dodging charge up the slope pause or falter.The Master of Appleby|Francis Lynde
British Dictionary definitions for volley
Word Origin for volley
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.