volley

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From Middle French volée (flight), from Vulgar Latin volta, from Late Latin volatus.

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volley (plural volleys)

  1. The simultaneous firing of a number of missiles or bullets; the projectiles so fired.
  2. A burst or emission of many things at once.
    a volley of words
  3. (sports) The flight of a ball just before it bounces.
  4. (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[2]:
      But there was nothing he could do about Villa's second when Agbonlahor crossed from the left and Bent finished with a precision volley.
  5. (cricket) A sending of the ball full to the top of the wicket.

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volley (third-person singular simple present volleys, present participle volleying, simple past and past participle volleyed)

  1. (transitive) To fire a volley of shots
  2. (sports, transitive) To hit the ball before it touches the ground
    • 2011 May 14, Peter Scrivener, “Sunderland 1–3 Wolverhampton”, in BBC Sport[3]:
      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.
  3. (intransitive) To be fired in a volley
  4. (sports, intransitive) To make a volley
  5. To sound together

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From English volleyball.

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volley m (uncountable)

  1. (sports, colloquial) volleyball

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Noun[edit]

volley m (invariable)

  1. volleyball
    Synonym: pallavolo

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