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"volley" in British English

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volleynoun

uk   /ˈvɒl.i/  us   /ˈvɑː.li/
  • volley noun (BULLETS)

[C] a ​largenumber of ​bullets (​seeming to be) fired at the same ​time: Even as the ​funeral took ​place, ​guerrillashiddennearby fired/​let off a ​fresh volley ofmachine-gunfire.
  • volley noun (SPORTS)

[C] (in ​sports) a ​kick or ​hit in which a ​playerreturns a ​movingball before it ​touches the ​ground: That was a ​beautifulbackhand volley.

volleyverb [I or T]

uk   /ˈvɒl.i/  us   /ˈvɑː.li/
(in ​sports) to ​hit or ​kick a ​movingball before it ​touches the ​ground
(Definition of volley from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"volley" in American English

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volleynoun [C]

 us   /ˈvɑl·i/
  • volley noun [C] (WEAPONS FIRE)

a ​largenumber of ​bullets or ​arrowsfired at the same ​time A volley is also a lot of things done or said at the same ​time: a volley of ​questions
  • volley noun [C] (SPORTS SHOT)

(in ​tennis and other ​sports) a ​hit to ​return a ​ball before it ​touches the ​ground: I was ​ahead in the first ​game, but then ​hit a ​bad volley and a ​badforehand.
(Definition of volley from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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