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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
vol•ley /ˈvɑli/USA pronunciation n., pl. -leys,v., -leyed, -ley•ing.

n. [countable]
  • Militarythe shooting of a number of missiles or firearms at the same time.
  • Militarythe missiles so discharged.
  • a burst or outpouring of many things at once or in quick succession:a volley of protests.
    • the return of a ball or shuttlecock, as in tennis or badminton, before it hits the ground.
    • a series of such returns; a rally.

  • [+ object] to shoot in or as if in a volley.
  • Sportto return (a ball) before it hits the ground: [no object]They volleyed for almost five minutes.[+ object]to volley a ball.

  • Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

    volley /ˈvɒlɪ/ n
    1. the simultaneous discharge of several weapons, esp firearms
    2. the projectiles or missiles so discharged
    3. a burst of oaths, protests, etc, occurring simultaneously or in rapid succession
    4. a stroke, shot, or kick at a moving ball before it hits the ground
    5. the flight of such a ball or the ball itself
    1. to discharge (weapons, etc) in or as if in a volley or (of weapons, etc) to be discharged
    2. (transitive) to utter vehemently or sound loudly and continuously
    3. (transitive) to strike or kick (a moving ball) before it hits the ground
    Etymology: 16th Century: from French volée a flight, from voler to fly, from Latin volāre

    ˈvolleyer n

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