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Meaning of VOLLEY

Pronunciation:  'vâlee

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a tennis return made by hitting the ball before it bounces
  2. [n]  rapid simultaneous discharge of firearms; "our fusillade from the left flank caught them by surprise"
  3. [v]  utter rapidly; "volley a string of curses"
  4. [v]  make a volley, as in a game of tennis
  5. [v]  discharge in, or as if in, a volley; "the attackers volleyed gunshots at the civilians"
  6. [v]  hit before it touches the ground; "volley the tennis ball"
  7. [v]  be dispersed in a volley; "gun shots volleyed at the attackers"

VOLLEY is a 6 letter word that starts with V.


 Synonyms: burst, fusillade, salvo
 Antonyms: ground stroke
 See Also: discharge, disperse, dissipate, emit, fire, firing, hit, let loose, let out, play, return, scatter, spread out, utter



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \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.
             Fiery darts in flaming volleys flew.  --Milton.
             Each volley tells that thousands cease to breathe.
    2. A burst or emission of many things at once; as, a volley
       of words. ``This volley of oaths.'' --B. Jonson.
             Rattling nonsense in full volleys breaks. --Pope.
       (a) (Tennis) A return of the ball before it touches the
       (b) (Cricket) A sending of the ball full to the top of the
    {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.
  2. \Vol"ley\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Volleyed}; p. pr. & vb.
    n. {Volleying}.]
    To discharge with, or as with, a volley.
  3. \Vol"ley\, v. i.
    1. To be thrown out, or discharged, at once; to be discharged
       in a volley, or as if in a volley; to make a volley or
       volleys. --Tennyson.
       (a) (Tennis) To return the ball before it touches the
       (Cricket) To send the ball full to the top of the wicket.
                 --R. A. Proctor.