volley

volley
volley [väl′ē]
n.
pl. volleys [MFr volee < VL * volata < fem. of L volatus, pp. of volare, to fly]
1.
a) the simultaneous discharge of a number of firearms or other weapons
b) the bullets, arrows, etc. discharged in this way
2. a burst of words or acts suggestive of this [a volley of curses, questions, etc.]
3. Sports
a) the act of returning the ball, shuttlecock, etc. in certain games before it touches the ground
b) the flight of the ball, etc. before it touches the ground
c) loosely any extended exchange of shots, as in tennis or volleyball, esp. such an exchange in warming up for a game
vt.
volleyed, volleying
1. to discharge in or as in a volley
2. Sports to return (the ball, etc.) as a volley
vi.
1. to be discharged in or as in a volley
2. Sports
a) to return the ball, etc. as a volley
b) loosely to engage in a volley
volleyer
n.

English World dictionary. . 2014.

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