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.”
rapid simultaneous discharge of firearms
discharge in, or as if in, a volley
be dispersed in a volley
a tennis return made by hitting the ball before it bounces
make a volley
hit before it touches the ground