AskDefine | Define volley

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1 rapid simultaneous discharge of firearms; "our fusillade from the left flank caught them by surprise" [syn: fusillade, salvo, burst]
2 a tennis return made by hitting the ball before it bounces [ant: ground stroke]


1 be dispersed in a volley; "gun shots volleyed at the attackers"
2 hit before it touches the ground; "volley the tennis ball"
3 discharge in, or as if in, a volley; "the attackers volleyed gunshots at the civilians"
4 make a volley
5 utter rapidly; "volley a string of curses"

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  1. The simultaneous firing of a number of missiles; the missiles so fired
  2. The flight of a ball just before it bounces
  3. A shot, especially in tennis, in which the ball is played before it hits the ground


shot in which the ball is played before it hits the ground
  • Croatian: volej


  1. To fire a volley of shots
  2. In the context of "sport|transitive": To hit the ball before it touches the ground
  3. To be fired in a volley
  4. In the context of "sport|intransitive": To make a volley

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Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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