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volley

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1  —as in:
a volley of...
Definition 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
  • She was killed by a volley of bullets.
volley = a rapid or simultaneous discharge (in this case of bullets)
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • The suggestion was met with a volley of criticism.
  • Hostilities began with an incoming volley of arrows.
  • And here, since he had so valiantly forborne all other wickedness, poor Mr. Dimmesdale longed at least to shake hands with the tarry black-guard, and recreate himself with a few improper jests, such as dissolute sailors so abound with, and a volley of good, round, solid, satisfactory, and heaven-defying oaths!
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • volley = a rapid series
  • ...warm rains, when all the hills and valleys smoked; the beautiful misty mornings when nobody knew where they would ...and the mad rush and blaze and hullabaloo of the last night's drive, when the elephants poured into the stockade like boulders in a landslide, found that they could not get out, and flung themselves at the heavy posts only to be driven back by yells and flaring torches and volleys of blank cartridge.
    Rudyard Kipling  --  The Jungle Book
  • volleys = rapid or simultaneous firing
  • When they got to the top, a massive volley of fire tore up the ground around them.
    Joshua Davis  --  Spare Parts
  • volley = a rapid discharge of bullets
  • The Squirrels bombarded him with volleys of nuts but he only covered his head with his hands and tried to keep out of the way.
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Magician's Nephew
  • volleys = a rapid or simultaneous discharge of projectiles
  • Another volley of Earthborn rocks hit the Argo II.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Blood of Olympus
  • volley = a rapid or simultaneous discharge of bullets or other projectiles
  • Then rifle fire split the air. Around us women began to weep. A second volley. A third. For two hours the executions went on.
    Corrie ten Boom  --  The Hiding Place
  • volley = a simultaneous discharge of bullets
  • At that moment there was a volley of gunfire.
    Wladyslaw Szpilman  --  The Pianist
volley = a rapid or simultaneous discharge of bullets or other projectiles

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2  
in volleyball
Definition to hit the ball before it touches the ground

or:

in the form, long volley:  many uninterrupted returns over the net
  • The volley in volleyball, means the ball can't touch the ground.
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • They were especially excited to win such a long volley.
  • volley = many uninterrupted returns over the net
  • And then, because, let's face it, I'm basically an Olympic god when it comes to sports, I manage to volley the ball right into your face.
    Alexandra Bracken  --  The Darkest Minds
volley = to hit the ball before it touches the ground

or:

in the form, long volley:  many uninterrupted returns over the net

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3  
in tennis
Definition 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
  • She was especially happy to win such a long volley.
  • She won the set on a back-hand volley.
volley = a tennis stroke in which a player hits the ball before it bounces

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4  
in soccer
Definition soccer:  kicking the ball while it is in flight
  • From 18-yards out, she kicked a volley into the upper corner of the net.
volley = soccer:  kicking the ball while it is in flight

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