Definition of volley noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈvɒli//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈvɑːli//
    Soccer, Tennis
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  1. 1(in some sports, for example tennis or football (soccer )) a hit or kick of the ball before it touches the ground She hit a forehand volley into the net. See related entries: Soccer, Tennis
  2. 2a lot of bullets, stones, etc. that are fired or thrown at the same time A volley of shots rang out. Police fired a volley over the heads of the crowd.
  3. 3a lot of questions, comments, insults, etc. that are directed at somebody quickly one after the other synonym torrent She faced a volley of angry questions from her mother.
  4. Word Originlate 16th cent.: from French volée, based on Latin volare ‘to fly’.Extra examples Figo met the ball on the volley and scored. The police fired a volley of bullets over the heads of the crowd. Williams took the set with a stunning backhand volley down the line.
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