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volley

vol·ley

volley

 
pronunciation:
va li
parts of speech:
noun, transitive verb, intransitive verb
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part of speech: noun
inflections: volleys
definition 1: a simultaneous discharge of firearms or other weapons.
The military honor guard fired a volley into the air.
synonyms:
fusillade, salvo
similar words:
barrage, battery, broadside, cannonade, crossfire, discharge, emission, fire
definition 2: a burst of words or acts done in rapid succession.
The changes in policy brought a volley of complaints from customers.
synonyms:
barrage, burst
similar words:
blast, bombardment, discharge, hail, outburst, storm
definition 3: in sports such as tennis, the act of returning the ball before it touches the ground.
He won the point with a strong volley.
similar words:
return
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: volleyed, volleying, volleys
definition 1: in sports such as tennis, to return or strike (the ball) before it touches the ground.
similar words:
return
definition 2: to discharge with firearms in or as if in a volley.
synonyms:
barrage, fusillade
similar words:
bombard, discharge, fire
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition 1: in sports such as tennis, to return the ball before it touches the ground.
She always volleys accurately.
definition 2: to be discharged in or as if in a volley.
similar words:
hail, rain
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