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."

Definitions of volley
  1. noun
    rapid simultaneous discharge of firearms
    synonyms: burst, fusillade, salvo
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    type of:
    fire, firing
    the act of firing weapons or artillery at an enemy
  2. verb
    discharge in, or as if in, a volley
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    type of:
    discharge
    pour forth or release
  3. verb
    be dispersed in a volley
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    type of:
    disperse, dissipate, scatter, spread out
    move away from each other
  4. noun
    a tennis return made by hitting the ball before it bounces
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    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
  5. verb
    make a volley
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    type of:
    play
    participate in games or sport
  6. verb
    hit before it touches the ground
    volley the tennis ball”
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    type of:
    hit
    cause to move by striking
  7. verb
    utter rapidly
    volley a string of curses”
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    type of:
    emit, let loose, let out, utter
    express audibly; utter sounds (not necessarily words)
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