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[vol-yoom, -yuh m] /ˈvɒl yum, -yəm/
a collection of written or printed sheets bound together and constituting a book.
one book of a related set or series.
a set of issues of a periodical, often covering one year.
History/Historical. a roll of papyrus, parchment, or the like, or of manuscript.
the amount of space, measured in cubic units, that an object or substance occupies.
a mass or quantity, especially a large quantity, of something:
a volume of mail.
amount; total:
the volume of sales.
the degree of sound intensity or audibility; loudness:
to turn up the volume on a radio.
fullness or quantity of tone.
speak volumes,
  1. to be very evident or significant:
    Her testimony spoke volumes.
  2. to be expressive or meaningful:
    Your eyes speak volumes.
Origin of volume
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. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for volume
  • Drawing on outside air gives the batteries a higher capacity-to-volume ratio and lowers the material costs.
  • Prestigious brands have been clobbered as much as volume manufacturers.
  • The government desperately wants to divert water around the capital, to east and west, but the volume is too great.
  • By the final chapters of the fourth volume the author's disenchantment was growing.
  • Economies of scale are factors that cause the average cost of producing something to fall as the volume of its output increases.
  • But judging by this second volume in a projected eight-volume series, it is going to be a smashing success.
  • In its simplest form, the sun is used to heat a volume of water, which causes evaporation.
  • Rich countries dominate the market by volume, but growth was concentrated in emerging markets.
  • New research shows that the flow's volume is rapidly increasing.
  • As mobile, web-connected devices become ubiquitous, the volume of data they produce will soar.
British Dictionary definitions for volume


the magnitude of the three-dimensional space enclosed within or occupied by an object, geometric solid, etc V
a large mass or quantity: the volume of protest
an amount or total: the volume of exports
fullness or intensity of tone or sound
the control on a radio, etc, for adjusting the intensity of sound
a bound collection of printed or written pages; book
any of several books either bound in an identical format or part of a series
the complete set of issues of a periodical over a specified period, esp one year
(history) a roll or scroll of parchment, papyrus, etc
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 volume

late 14c., "roll of parchment containing writing, large book," from Old French volume, from Latin volumen (genitive voluminis) "roll (as of a manuscript), coil, wreath," from volvere "to turn around, roll" (see volvox). 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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volume in Medicine

volume vol·ume (vŏl'yōōm, -yəm)

  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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volume in Science
  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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volume 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 volume



So nasty as to cause one to vomit: Gross and even grossening are out. Vomitrocious is in

[1970s+; longer form fr vomit plus (a)trocious]

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