• WordNet 3.6
    • v volley utter rapidly "volley a string of curses"
    • v volley make a volley
    • v volley discharge in, or as if in, a volley "the attackers volleyed gunshots at the civilians"
    • v volley hit before it touches the ground "volley the tennis ball"
    • v volley be dispersed in a volley "gun shots volleyed at the attackers"
    • n volley a tennis return made by hitting the ball before it bounces
    • n volley rapid simultaneous discharge of firearms "our fusillade from the left flank caught them by surprise"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Volley A burst or emission of many things at once; as, a volley of words. "This volley of oaths.""Rattling nonsense in full volleys breaks."
    • Volley A flight of missiles, as arrows, bullets, or the like; the simultaneous discharge of a number of small arms. "Fiery darts in flaming volleys flew.""Each volley tells that thousands cease to breathe."
    • Volley A return of the ball before it touches the ground.
    • Volley A sending of the ball full to the top of the wicket.
    • Volley To be thrown out, or discharged, at once; to be discharged in a volley, or as if in a volley; to make a volley or volleys.
    • v. t Volley To discharge with, or as with, a volley.
    • Volley To return the ball before it touches the ground.
    • Volley To send the ball full to the top of the wicket.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n volley In cricket: A full-pitch.
    • n volley A ball so bowled as to reach the batsman without touching the ground.
    • n volley In mining, the ignition and explosion of several blasts in the rock at one time, or of groups of such blasts in sections.
    • volley In cricket, of the bowler: To bowl a ball which reaches the batsman before pitching.
    • volley To bowl a full-pitch.
    • n volley The flight of a number of missile weapons together; hence, the discharge simultaneously, or nearly so, of a number of missile weapons.
    • n volley Hence, a noisy or explosive burst or emission of many things at once.
    • n volley In lawn-tennis and tennis, a return of the ball by the racket before it touches the ground, especially a swift, return.
    • volley To discharge in a volley, or as if in a volley: often with out. Compare volleyed.
    • volley In lawn-tennis and tennis, to return on the fly: said of the ball: drive (the ball) with the racket before it strikes the ground.
    • volley To fly together, as missiles; hence, to issue or be discharged in large number or quantity.
    • volley To sound together, or in continuous or repeated explosions, as firearms.
    • volley In lawn-tennis and tennis, to return the ball before it touches the ground, especially by a swift stroke: as, he volleys well.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Volley vol′i a flight of shot: the discharge of many small-arms at once: an outburst of many at once: in tennis and lawn-tennis, a hard return of the ball before it reaches the ground—half-volley is a return by striking the ball just as it touches or rises from the ground
    • v.t Volley to discharge in a volley
    • v.i Volley to fly together, as missiles: to sound together: in lawn-tennis, to use the stroke so called
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. volée,; flight, a volley, or discharge of several guns, fr. voler, to fly, L. volare,. See Volatile


In literature:

The seamen, however; again rapidly forming, fired a volley which prevented the gauchos from cutting their way through them.
"The Three Lieutenants" by W.H.G. Kingston
The soldiers saw them coming, and fired a volley.
"Manco, the Peruvian Chief" by W.H.G. Kingston
Antonio and I had escaped the volleys fired at us, but we had yet to pass through another shower of bullets.
"In New Granada" by W.H.G. Kingston
On seeing the white men before them, they fired a volley.
"The Missing Ship" by W. H. G. Kingston
A volley of wild yells burst from the mob, sufficient to unnerve many who had not before heard such cries.
"Paddy Finn" by W. H. G. Kingston
If they are not successful in laying him dead on the spot with this first volley, he springs like a thunderbolt upon the horses.
"The Mission; or Scenes in Africa" by Captain Frederick Marryat
There were startled shouts behind him, hoarse commands, a rushing of feet and a crackling volley of shots.
"Army Boys on the Firing Line" by Homer Randall
At the same moment a volley was fired by the Hottentots from the heights.
"The Settler and the Savage" by R.M. Ballantyne
A scattering volley from the Russians, who were coming on in force, quickened their movements.
"In the Track of the Troops" by R.M. Ballantyne
On this a volley from the carbines of the troopers cut up the bushes all around them.
"Hunted and Harried" by R.M. Ballantyne

In poetry:

Round thy leaguered port and city
Volleying thunders ceaseless roar,
Earth affords not aid or pity—
They shall fall to rise no more!
"Lines Suggested" by Janet Hamilton
Firm are the pillars that defy
The volleyed thunders of the sky;
Sweet are the summer wreaths that twine
With bud and flower our martyrs' shrine.
"Hymn For The Dedication Of Memorial Hall At Cambridge, June 23, 1874" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
The bugles ceased their wailing sound,
As the coffin was lowered into the ground;
A volley was fired, a blessing said,
One moment's pause, and they left the dead.
"The Soldier's Funeral " by Letitia Elizabeth Landon
The drum-beat of the bannered brave,
The requiem and the knell,
The volley o'er the soldier's grave,
His comrades' last farewell,
Are tributes rendered to the dead,
And sermons to the living read.
"Champions Of Liberty." by George Pope Morris
And the woods awoke, and the sleepers heard,
Each heavily hanging leaflet stirred
With a little expectant quiver and thrill,
As the cloud bent over and uttered a word,--
One volleying, rolling syllable.
"A Thunder Storm" by Susan Coolidge
And with tne rapid flashes the Heavens were aflame,
As each volley from the roaring cannons came;
And the incessant roll of musketry was awful to hear,
As it broke over the silent sea and smote upon the ear.
"An All-Night Sea Fight" by William Topaz McGonagall

In news:

SALEM — The latest volley in a fight that has raged for nearly two decades was fired several days ago by residents in one of the city's most prestigious neighborhoods, the McIntire Historic District.
Paige Hartman returns a volley in Monday's No.
Junior Palmer Hatch volleys back.
Full volley of Civil War sites.
A sandy sort of tennis volleys into Vermont.
Stillwater beats OBA volleyers.
Six minutes later, Huth volleyed past Jaaskelainen to double Stoke 's advantage and after 30 minutes the lead was 3-0.
Senior Kimmy Mrozek powers through a volley at the net during the first set of her 6-1, 6-3 win in the Section 6A finals, Oct 18.
Junior Kyle Kutchek bats away a volley.
Seoul, South Korea-based Dongwon Group, owner of the StarKist brand, fired an autumn volley with Autentico, chunk light tuna with jalapeños, chili peppers and other seasonings with an Hispanic flair.
Members of the Cascade Civil War Society fire a volley at a ceremony for Ezekial Colby, a Civil War veteran buried at the Pleasant Valley Cemetery, near Merlin, Ore. (AP Photo/Grants Pass Daily Courier, Kevin Launius).
B97.5 and Brixx Wood Fired Pizza are proud to sponsor the East Tennessee Volleyball Association's Volley for a Wish.
The Viva Las Volley is the most unique nighttime volleyball festival in the world.
The Parkersburg Big Red volleyball team is hoping for a lot of community support come Tuesday evening inside Memorial Fieldhouse when head coach Carl Harnish's squad holds its Volley for a Cure.
Volley Against Violence returns to Sportsmen's Tennis Center.

In science:

If, on the other hand, a short volley of synchronized spikes arrives at a neuron within a fraction of a msec, this neuron can fire within a fraction of a msec.
Neural Networks
This raises the issue whether such short volleys of synchronized spikes are a general feature, and what new kind of data processing can be made this way. A possible such mechanism are synfire chains (Abeles, 1991).
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The difference is in the sharp synchronization of the volleys of spikes.
Neural Networks
Model calculations show that some initial jitter in the volleys can even be reduced and synchrony sharpened up, stabilizing the propagation along the chain.
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