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Leaves of Grass
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  • The cannons ope their rosy-flashing muzzles—the hurtled balls scream, The battle-front forms amid the smoke—the volleys pour incessant from the line, Hark, the ringing word Charge!
  • An Army Corps on the March With its cloud of skirmishers in advance, With now the sound of a single shot snapping like a whip, and now an irregular volley, The swarming ranks press on and on, the dense brigades press on, Glittering dimly, toiling under the sun—the dust-cover’d men, In columns rise and fall to the undulations of the ground, With artillery interspers’d—the wheels rumble, the horses sweat, As the army corps advances.

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  • …torn upon thy splinter’d staff, Or clutch’d to some young color-bearer’s breast with desperate hands, Savagely struggled for, for life or death, fought over long, ’Mid cannons’ thunder-crash and many a curse and groan and yell, and rifle-volleys cracking sharp, And moving masses as wild demons surging, and lives as nothing risk’d, For thy mere remnant grimed with dirt and smoke and sopp’d in blood, For sake of that, my beauty, and that thou might’st dally as now secure up there,…
  • …of the right time, After firing I see him lean aside and look eagerly off to note the effect; Elsewhere I hear the cry of a regiment charging, (the young colonel leads himself this time with brandish’d sword,) I see the gaps cut by the enemy’s volleys, (quickly fill’d up, no delay,) I breathe the suffocating smoke, then the flat clouds hover low concealing all; Now a strange lull for a few seconds, not a shot fired on either side, Then resumed the chaos louder than ever, with eager…

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as in: a volley of... Define
a rapid or simultaneous discharge of bullets or other projectiles or: a rapid or simultaneous series of similar (and usually antagonistic) events -- such as protests or criticisms
in volleyball Define
to hit the ball before it touches the ground or: in the form, long volley: many uninterrupted returns over the net
in tennis Define
a tennis stroke in which a player hits the ball before it bounces or: in the form, long volley: many uninterrupted returns over the net
in soccer Define
soccer: kicking the ball while it is in flight
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