noun (plural volleys)
- Normal war tactics involved massed ranks of lightly armed or armoured archers firing large volleys of arrows into formations of targets.
- Royal Marines fired three volleys over the grave at the interment.
- The archers obeyed and sent a volley of arrows onto the heads of the enemy.
- Maybe lesser mortals would have been put off by the volley of abuse he directed at her but in the end she triumphed, aided and abetted by passers by and stallholders.
- My poor buddy didn't know what she had done wrong and could only stare in bewilderment at the volley of words being directed at her.
- Drunken hecklers were a different matter: the only way to handle them was to unleash a volley of abuse, humbling them with a few crushing put-downs.
- After a few rallies and volleys, the winning shot came from the man.
- On the one hand, it is a marvel of filmic compression, deftly showing the tensions, alignments and rivalries between these four characters in just a few volleys of a tennis ball across a court.
- He was spotted sweating under a barrage of volleys on a tennis court.
- The challenges included running, catching, balancing tennis balls on rackets and practising ground strokes and volleys.
- He has won each of his first eight service points with a mixture of aces, volleys and ground strokes.
- The Liverpool striker scored with a volley that took the breath away.
verb (volleys, volleying, volleyed)[with object]
- He chipped the ball over the head of a defender before volleying the ball to the back of the net from inside the penalty area.
- Once you have mastered this routine, work on repeating the drill but volley each ball.
- Instead of volleying the ball he would score goals in training with his knees.
- He volleyed an exquisite goal to climax a compelling performance.
- He volleyed the winning goal just before half time.
- He volleyed home a spectacular goal.
- Before she could volley back a smart reply, he offered her his arm.
- Both sides sung their national anthems with not a hint of booing, and spent most of the game indulging in volleying songs back and forth.
- Example sentences
- I think there are fewer and fewer serve and volleyers around now so sooner or later you are going to see a baseliner win Wimbledon.
- She is the last of what is now a dying breed, female serve and volleyers, which always puts her a step ahead of her younger rivals at Wimbledon.
- He may be one of the best volleyers in the game, but that involves him getting to the net.
Late 16th century: from French volée, based on Latin volare 'to fly'.
volatile from Middle English:
This was first used as a noun meaning a ‘creature that flies’, and it was also a collective word for ‘birds’. It derives from Old French volatil from Latin volare ‘to fly’. The association of the word with temperament is found from the mid 17th century, and with liquids that evaporate quickly by the later 17th. The flying shot called a volley (late 16th century) comes from the same source.
Words that rhyme with volleyBarbirolli, brolly, collie, dolly, folly, golly, holly, jolly, lolly, Mollie, molly, nollie, Ollie, polly, poly, trolley, wally
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