volley

When an attacking army lets loose a barrage of bullets all at once, it's called a volley.

A volley of bullets, arrows, or rocks describes a large number of them being shot or thrown simultaneously. Another meaning of the noun volley involves just one projectile: a returned tennis ball, usually one that hasn't hit the ground before being smacked by a racket. The military meaning of volley has been around since the 1500's, while the sports meaning didn't arise until the late 1800's. The root word is the Latin volare, "to fly."

Primary Meanings of volley

1.
nv
rapid simultaneous discharge of firearms
discharge in, or as if in, a volley
2.
nv
a tennis return made by hitting the ball before it bounces
make a volley
3.
v
utter rapidly
Full Definitions of volley
1

n rapid simultaneous discharge of firearms

Synonyms:
burst, fusillade, salvo
Type of:
fire, firing
the act of firing weapons or artillery at an enemy

v discharge in, or as if in, a volley

“the attackers volleyed gunshots at the civilians”
Type of:
discharge
pour forth or release

v be dispersed in a volley

“gun shots volleyed at the attackers”
Type of:
disperse, dissipate, scatter, spread out
move away from each other
2

n a tennis return made by hitting the ball before it bounces

Antonyms:
ground stroke
a tennis return made by hitting the ball after it has bounced once
Type of:
return
a tennis stroke that sends the ball back to the other player

v make a volley

Type of:
play
participate in games or sport

v hit before it touches the ground

volley the tennis ball”
Type of:
hit
cause to move by striking
3

v utter rapidly

volley a string of curses”
Type of:
emit, let loose, let out, utter
express audibly; utter sounds (not necessarily words)

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