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volley (plural volleys)
- The simultaneous firing of a number of missiles or bullets; the projectiles so fired
- 1667, John Milton, “Book 6”, in Paradise Lost. A Poem Written in Ten Books, London: Printed [by Samuel Simmons], and are to be sold by Peter Parker […] [a]nd by Robert Boulter […] [a]nd Matthias Walker, […], OCLC 228722708; republished as Paradise Lost in Ten Books: The Text Exactly Reproduced from the First Edition of 1667: […], London: Basil Montagu Pickering […], 1873, OCLC 230729554:
- Fiery darts in flaming volies flew.
- (Can we date this quote by Byron and provide title, author’s full name, and other details?)
- Each volley tells that thousands cease to breathe.
- A burst or emission of many things at once.
- (sports) The flight of a ball just before it bounces
- (sports) A shot in which the ball is played before it hits the ground
- 2011 October 1, John Sinnott, “Aston Villa 2–0 Wigan”, in BBC Sport:
- But there was nothing he could do about Villa's second when Agbonlahor crossed from the left and Bent finished with a precision volley.
- (cricket) A sending of the ball full to the top of the wicket.
burst or emission
flight of a ball before it bounces
shot in which the ball is played before it hits the ground
- (transitive) To fire a volley of shots
- (sports, transitive) To hit the ball before it touches the ground
- 2011 May 14, Peter Scrivener, “Sunderland 1–3 Wolverhampton”, in BBC Sport:
- Boudewijn Zenden hit the post from 25 yards for the home side before Jody Craddock volleyed Wolves ahead from 10 yards against his former club.
- (intransitive) To be fired in a volley
- (sports, intransitive) To make a volley
- To sound together
to hit the ball before it touches the ground
volley m (uncountable)
- “volley” in Trésor de la langue française informatisé (The Digitized Treasury of the French Language).
volley m (invariable)