1. Of or pertaining to the will; originating in the will; having the power to will. "They not only perfect the
intellectual faculty, but the volitive." Sir M. Hale.
2. (Gram.) Used in expressing a wish or permission as, volitive proposition.
(||Volks"lied) n.; pl. Volkslieder [G.] (Mus.) A popular song, or national air.
(Vol"ley) n.; pl. Volleys [F. volée; 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
Fiery darts in flaming volleys flew.Milton.
Each volley tells that thousands cease to breathe.Byron.
2. A burst or emission of many things at once; as, a volley of words. "This volley of oaths." B. Jonson.
Rattling nonsense in full volleys breaks.Pope.
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.
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.
(Vol"ley) v. t. [imp. & p. p. Volleyed ; p. pr. & vb. n. Volleying.] To discharge with, or as
with, a 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.
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.
(Vol"leyed) a. Discharged with a sudden burst, or as if in a volley; as, volleyed thunder.
(Vol"ow) v. t. [From the answer, Volo I will, in the baptismal service. Richardson ] To baptize;
used in contempt by the Reformers. [Obs.] Tyndale.
(Volt) n. [F. volte; cf. It. volta. See Vault.]
1. (Man.) A circular tread; a gait by which a horse going sideways round a center makes two concentric
2. (Fencing) A sudden movement to avoid a thrust.
(Volt), n. [After Alessandro Volta, the Italian electrician.] (Elec.) The unit of electro-motive force;
defined by the International Electrical Congress in 1893 and by United States Statute as, that electro-
motive force which steadily applied to a conductor whose resistance is one ohm will produce a current
of one ampère. It is practically equivalent to &frac1000x1434 the electro- motive force of a standard Clark's
cell at a temperature of 15° C.