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 for volley
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Volley \Vol"ley\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Volleyed; p. pr. & vb.
     n. Volleying.]
     To discharge with, or as with, a volley.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Volley \Vol"ley\, v. i.
     1. To be thrown out, or discharged, at once; to be discharged
        in a volley, or as if in a volley; to make a volley or
        volleys. --Tennyson.
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     2.
        (a) (Tennis) To return the ball before it touches the
            ground.
        (b)
        (Cricket) To send the ball full to the top of the wicket.
                  --R. A. Proctor.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Volley \Vol"ley\, n.; pl. Volleys. [F. vol['e]e; flight, a
     volley, or discharge of several guns, fr. voler to fly, L.
     volare. See Volatile.]
     1. A flight of missiles, as arrows, bullets, or the like; the
        simultaneous discharge of a number of small arms.
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              Fiery darts in flaming volleys flew.  --Milton.
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              Each volley tells that thousands cease to breathe.
                                                    --Byron.
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     2. A burst or emission of many things at once; as, a volley
        of words. "This volley of oaths." --B. Jonson.
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              Rattling nonsense in full volleys breaks. --Pope.
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     3.
        (a) (Tennis) A return of the ball before it touches the
            ground.
        (b) (Cricket) A sending of the ball full to the top of the
            wicket.
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     Half volley.
        (a) (Tennis) A return of the ball immediately after is has
            touched the ground.
        (b) (Cricket) A sending of the ball so that after touching
            the ground it flies towards the top of the wicket.
            --R. A. Proctor.
  
     On the volley, at random. [Obs.] "What we spake on the
        volley begins work." --Massinger.
  
     Volley gun, a gun with several barrels for firing a number
        of shots simultaneously; a kind of mitrailleuse.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  volley
      n 1: rapid simultaneous discharge of firearms; "our fusillade
           from the left flank caught them by surprise" [syn:
           fusillade, salvo, volley, burst]
      2: a tennis return made by hitting the ball before it bounces
         [ant: ground stroke]
      v 1: be dispersed in a volley; "gun shots volleyed at the
           attackers"
      2: hit before it touches the ground; "volley the tennis ball"
      3: discharge in, or as if in, a volley; "the attackers volleyed
         gunshots at the civilians"
      4: make a volley
      5: utter rapidly; "volley a string of curses"

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  68 Moby Thesaurus words for "volley":
     antiaircraft barrage, arrow, arrowhead, badinage, bang, bantering,
     barb, bark, barrage, blast, bobtailed arrow, bolt, bombardment,
     bowshot, box barrage, broadside, bullet, burst, cannon, cannonade,
     cannonry, chested arrow, cloth yard shaft, crack, creeping barrage,
     crossfire, dart, deluge, detonation, discharge, drumfire, ejection,
     emergency barrage, enfilade, exchange, explosion, flight, flood,
     fulmination, fusillade, give and take, gun, gunfire, gunshot, hail,
     interaction, inundation, mortar barrage, normal barrage, outbreak,
     outpouring, pop, potshot, quarrel, reciprocity, reed, salvo, shaft,
     shot, shower, spray, standing barrage, stoneshot, storm, tattoo,
     to-and-fro, torrent, volleying
  
  

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