Half volley

Half volley
Volley Vol"ley, n.; pl. {Volleys}. [F. vol['e]e; flight, a volley, or discharge of several guns, fr. voler to fly, L. volare. See {Volatile}.] 1. A flight of missiles, as arrows, bullets, or the like; the simultaneous discharge of a number of small arms. [1913 Webster]

Fiery darts in flaming volleys flew. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

Each volley tells that thousands cease to breathe. --Byron. [1913 Webster]

2. A burst or emission of many things at once; as, a volley of words. ``This volley of oaths.'' --B. Jonson. [1913 Webster]

Rattling nonsense in full volleys breaks. --Pope. [1913 Webster]

3. (a) (Tennis) A return of the ball before it touches the ground. (b) (Cricket) A sending of the ball full to the top of the wicket. [1913 Webster]

{Half volley}. (a) (Tennis) A return of the ball immediately after is has touched the ground. (b) (Cricket) A sending of the ball so that after touching the ground it flies towards the top of the wicket. --R. A. Proctor.

{On the volley}, at random. [Obs.] ``What we spake on the volley begins work.'' --Massinger.

{Volley gun}, a gun with several barrels for firing a number of shots simultaneously; a kind of mitrailleuse. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • half-volley — half volleyer, n. /haf vol ee, hahf /, v.t., v.i., half volleyed, half volleying. to make or stroke with a half volley. [1870 75] * * * …   Universalium

  • half volley — noun count in some sports, a shot in which a player hits or kicks the ball just after it hits the ground …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • half-volley — ► NOUN ▪ (in sport) a strike or kick of the ball immediately after it bounces …   English terms dictionary

  • half volley — n. Racket Sports a stroke made in returning the ball just as it begins to bounce after striking the ground …   English World dictionary

  • Half volley — A half volley in tennis is a shot that is hit immediately after the ball bounces. The player who is hitting the half volley should take not a full backswing, but still follow through. It is sometimes called an on the rise shot . The grip for this …   Wikipedia

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  • half-volley — ˈ ̷ ̷| ̷ ̷ ̷ ̷ verb Etymology: half volley transitive verb : to drive (a tennis ball) as a half volley intransitive verb : to play a half volley in tennis * * * ˈhalf volley 7 [half volley …   Useful english dictionary

  • half volley — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms half volley : singular half volley plural half volleys in some sports, a shot in which a player hits or kicks the ball just after it hits the ground …   English dictionary

  • half-volley — /haf ˈvɒli/ (say hahf volee) noun 1. a delivered ball or its return, hit or kicked the moment after it bounces from the ground. –verb (i) (half volleyed, half volleying) 2. to hit or play a half volley …   Australian English dictionary

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