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volume

[vol-yoom, -yuh m] /ˈvɒl yum, -yəm/
noun
1.
a collection of written or printed sheets bound together and constituting a book.
2.
one book of a related set or series.
3.
a set of issues of a periodical, often covering one year.
4.
History/Historical. a roll of papyrus, parchment, or the like, or of manuscript.
5.
the amount of space, measured in cubic units, that an object or substance occupies.
6.
a mass or quantity, especially a large quantity, of something:
a volume of mail.
7.
amount; total:
the volume of sales.
8.
the degree of sound intensity or audibility; loudness:
to turn up the volume on a radio.
9.
fullness or quantity of tone.
Idioms
10.
speak volumes,
  1. to be very evident or significant:
    Her testimony spoke volumes.
  2. to be expressive or meaningful:
    Your eyes speak volumes.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English volum(e) < Middle French < Latin volūmen roll (of sheets), equivalent to volū-, base of volvere to roll + -men noun suffix
Synonym Study
5. See size1.
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British Dictionary definitions for speak volumes

volume

/ˈvɒljuːm/
noun
1.
the magnitude of the three-dimensional space enclosed within or occupied by an object, geometric solid, etc V
2.
a large mass or quantity the volume of protest
3.
an amount or total the volume of exports
4.
fullness or intensity of tone or sound
5.
the control on a radio, etc, for adjusting the intensity of sound
6.
a bound collection of printed or written pages; book
7.
any of several books either bound in an identical format or part of a series
8.
the complete set of issues of a periodical over a specified period, esp one year
9.
(history) a roll or scroll of parchment, papyrus, etc
10.
speak volumes, to convey much significant information
Abbreviations (for senses 6–8) v, vol
Word Origin
C14: from Old French volum, from Latin volūmen a roll, book, from volvere to roll up
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Word Origin and History for speak volumes
volume
late 14c., "roll of parchment containing writing, large book," from O.Fr. volume, from L. volumen (gen. voluminis) "roll (as of a manuscript), coil, wreath," from volvere "to turn around, roll" (see vulva). Meaning "book forming part of a set" (1520s) is from a sense in French. Generalized sense of "bulk, mass, quantity" (1620s) developed from that of "bulk or size of a book" (1520s), again following the sense evolution in the French version of the word.
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speak volumes in Medicine

volume vol·ume (vŏl'yōōm, -yəm)
n.

  1. The amount of space occupied by a three-dimensional object or region of space, expressed in cubic units.

  2. The capacity of such a region or of a specified container, expressed in cubic units.

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speak volumes in Science
volume
  (vŏl'ym)   
  1. The amount of space occupied by a three-dimensional object or region of space. Volumes are expressed in cubic units.

  2. A measure of the loudness or intensity of a sound.


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speak volumes in Culture

volume definition


In mathematics, the amount of space occupied by an object measured in three dimensions, expressed in cubic units. In physics, the loudness of a sound.

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Slang definitions & phrases for speak volumes

volume

noun

A dose or capsule of Valium, a tranquilizer: I'd take maybe five volumes in the morning (1970s+)


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Idioms and Phrases with speak volumes
Be significant, indicate a great deal, as in That house of theirs speaks volumes about their income. This idiom uses volumes in the sense of “the information contained in volumes of books.” [ c. 1800 ]
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