I. noun (plural volleys) Etymology: Middle French volee flight, from voler to fly, from Old French, from Latin volare Date: 1573 1. a. a flight of missiles (as arrows) b. simultaneous discharge of a number of missile weapons c. one round per gun in a battery fired as soon as a gun is ready without regard to order d. (1) the flight of the ball (as in volleyball or tennis) or its course before striking the ground; also a return of the ball before it touches the ground (2) a kick of the ball in soccer before it rebounds (3) the exchange of the shuttlecock in badminton following the serve 2. a. a burst or emission of many things or a large amount at once <
received a volley of angry letters
a volley of praise
b. a burst of simultaneous or immediately sequential nerve impulses passing to an end organ, synapse, or center II. verb (volleyed; volleying) Date: 1591 transitive verb 1. to discharge in or as if in a volley 2. to propel (an object) while in the air and before touching the ground; especially to hit (a tennis ball) on the volley intransitive verb 1. to become discharged in or as if in a volley 2. to make a volley; specifically to volley an object of play (as in tennis) • volleyer noun

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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  • Volley — Vol ley, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Volleyed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Volleying}.] To discharge with, or as with, a volley. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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