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VOLLEY

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does volley mean? 

VOLLEY (noun)
  The noun VOLLEY has 2 senses:

1. rapid simultaneous discharge of firearms
2. a tennis return made by hitting the ball before it bounces

  Familiarity information: VOLLEY used as a noun is rare.


VOLLEY (verb)
  The verb VOLLEY has 5 senses:

1. be dispersed in a volley
2. hit before it touches the ground
3. discharge in, or as if in, a volley
4. make a volley
5. utter rapidly

  Familiarity information: VOLLEY used as a verb is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


VOLLEY (noun)


Sense 1volley [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Rapid simultaneous discharge of firearms

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

fusillade; volley; burst; salvo

Context example:

our fusillade from the left flank caught them by surprise

Hypernyms ("volley" is a kind of...):

fire; firing (the act of firing weapons or artillery at an enemy)


Sense 2volley [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A tennis return made by hitting the ball before it bounces

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Hypernyms ("volley" is a kind of...):

return (a tennis stroke that sends the ball back to the other player)

Antonym:

ground stroke (a tennis return made by hitting the ball after it has bounced once)


VOLLEY (verb)


Sense 1volley [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Be dispersed in a volley

Classified under:

Verbs of walking, flying, swimming

Context example:

gun shots volleyed at the attackers

Hypernyms (to "volley" is one way to...):

disperse; dissipate; scatter; spread out (move away from each other)

Sentence frames:

Something ----s
Something is ----ing PP


Sense 2volley [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Hit before it touches the ground

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Context example:

volley the tennis ball

Hypernyms (to "volley" is one way to...):

hit (cause to move by striking)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 3volley [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Discharge in, or as if in, a volley

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Context example:

the attackers volleyed gunshots at the civilians

Hypernyms (to "volley" is one way to...):

discharge (pour forth or release)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 4volley [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Make a volley

Classified under:

Verbs of fighting, athletic activities

Hypernyms (to "volley" is one way to...):

play (participate in games or sport)

Domain category:

court game (an athletic game played on a court)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s


Sense 5volley [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Utter rapidly

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Context example:

volley a string of curses

Hypernyms (to "volley" is one way to...):

emit; let loose; let out; utter (express audibly; utter sounds (not necessarily words))

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


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