the simultaneous discharge of a number of missiles or firearms.
the missiles so discharged.
a burst or outpouring of many things at once or in quick succession: a volley of protests.
the flight of the ball before it hits the ground.
the return of the ball before it hits the ground.
Soccer. a kick of the ball before it bounces on the ground.
Cricket. a ball so bowled that it hits the wicket before it touches the ground.
Mining. the explosion of several charges at one time.
to discharge in or as in a volley.
Tennis. to return (the ball) before it hits the ground.
Soccer. to kick (the ball) before it bounces on the ground.
Cricket. to bowl (a ball) in such a manner that it is pitched near the top of the wicket.
to fly or be discharged together, as missiles.
to move or proceed with great rapidity, as in a volley.
to fire a volley; sound together, as firearms.
Tennis, Soccer. to return the ball before it touches the ground.
- vol·ley·er, noun
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How to use volley in a sentence
Far from it if the volley of concerns toward the company in recent weeks is anything to go by.Google’s privacy plan brings changes, but not as many as marketers think | Seb Joseph | April 14, 2021 | Digiday
It is the place where the current hostilities began about two weeks ago, with a volley of shots from a sniper rifle.'They Want the West to Be Frightened.' Ukraine's President on Why Russia Sent Troops to the Border | Simon Shuster / Shumy, Ukraine | April 12, 2021 | Time
Agency bureaucrats and journalists responded with a volley of lawsuits, whistleblower complaints and a petition demanding the removal of Pack’s appointees.Former Voice of America overseer hired two law firms to $4 million no-bid contracts. | Paul Farhi | January 25, 2021 | Washington Post
I saw the head-jockeying, open-mouth volleys that blurred into unrecognizability in real time.Forget Everything You Know About Your Dog (Ep. 436) | Stephen J. Dubner | October 22, 2020 | Freakonomics
USTR hurled an even bigger tariff volley — and so it went until the end of 2019, when the administration delayed a new round of consumer goods tariffs set to go into effect right before Christmas.Robert Lighthizer Blew Up 60 Years of Trade Policy. Nobody Knows What Happens Next. | by Lydia DePillis | October 13, 2020 | ProPublica
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 | THE DAILY BEAST
This was the rear guard of an army that lost a battle, firing one last volley before retreating.McDaniel Supporters Allege Fundraising Violations by NRSC | Ben Jacobs | July 12, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The stories trailed off at the firing of the three-volley salute and as Taps began to play.The Names You Don’t Hear: Nearly 200 Women Have Died in Iraq and Afghanistan | Kate Hoit | May 26, 2014 | THE 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 | THE 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 | THE DAILY BEAST
A far-off volley rumbled over the plain, and a few birds stirred uneasily among the trees.The Red Year | Louis Tracy
A volley did sound, and instantly; but it came from the rocks above, and three of the villains fell.The Pastor's Fire-side Vol. 3 of 4 | Jane Porter
At once the sepoys at the Kashmir Gate fired a volley at the nearest officers, of whom three fell dead.The Red Year | Louis Tracy
Firing a random volley, those that lived turned and fled, pursued by the scouts.The Courier of the Ozarks | Byron A. Dunn
The bushes seemed to burst into smoke and flame, and then came a crashing volley in return.The Courier of the Ozarks | Byron A. Dunn
British Dictionary definitions for volley
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 ground: Compare 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
- volleyer, noun
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