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[vuh-loo-muh-nuh s] /vəˈlu mə nəs/
forming, filling, or writing a large volume or many volumes:
a voluminous edition.
sufficient to fill a volume or volumes:
a voluminous correspondence.
of great volume, size, or extent:
voluminous flow of lava.
of ample size, extent, or fullness:
voluminous petticoats.
having many coils, convolutions, or windings.
Origin of voluminous
1605-15; < Late Latin volūminōsus full of folds, equivalent to Latin volūmin- (stem of volūmen) volume + -ōsus -ous
Related forms
voluminously, adverb
voluminousness, voluminosity
[vuh-loo-muh-nos-i-tee] /vəˌlu məˈnɒs ɪ ti/ (Show IPA),
hypervoluminous, adjective
hypervoluminously, adverb
hypervoluminousness, noun
supervoluminous, adjective
supervoluminously, adverb
unvoluminous, adjective
unvoluminously, adverb
unvoluminousness, noun
Can be confused
compendious, voluminous.
3. extensive, copious, ample. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for voluminous
  • But after four decades of intense, voluminous criticism, literature was generally exhausted of new scholarly inquiry.
  • Instead, you get voluminous amounts of recycled ideas rife with the latest buzz words and fad getting approved.
  • Get back to me when you've read the voluminous reports of our best scientists, and tell me what they really say.
  • Her skirt was of voluminous white, puffed and trimmed in wondrous sort.
  • He turned over his voluminous notes and private papers, his correspondence and journals.
  • She stepped behind the cardboard voting screen, and opened the voluminous ballot paper, carefully scrolling down.
  • It frees office space formerly consumed by voluminous filing cabinets thus reducing costs.
  • Paper filing systems can become voluminous, and are not cost effective to duplicate or distribute.
British Dictionary definitions for voluminous


of great size, quantity, volume, or extent
(of writing) consisting of or sufficient to fill volumes
prolific in writing or speech
(obsolete) winding
Derived Forms
voluminosity (vəˌluːmɪˈnɒsɪtɪ), voluminousness, noun
voluminously, adverb
Word Origin
C17: from Late Latin volūminōsus full of windings, from volūmenvolume
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Word Origin and History for voluminous

"forming a large mass," 1610s, from Late Latin voluminosus, from Latin volumen (genitive voluminis) "volume" (see volume). Related: Voluminously.

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