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voluminous

[vuh-loo-muh-nuh s] /vəˈlu mə nəs/
adjective
1.
forming, filling, or writing a large volume or many volumes:
a voluminous edition.
2.
sufficient to fill a volume or volumes:
a voluminous correspondence.
3.
of great volume, size, or extent:
voluminous flow of lava.
4.
of ample size, extent, or fullness:
voluminous petticoats.
5.
having many coils, convolutions, or windings.
Origin
1605-1615
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),
noun
hypervoluminous, adjective
hypervoluminously, adverb
hypervoluminousness, noun
supervoluminous, adjective
supervoluminously, adverb
unvoluminous, adjective
unvoluminously, adverb
unvoluminousness, noun
Can be confused
compendious, voluminous.
Synonyms
3. extensive, copious, ample.
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British Dictionary definitions for voluminously

voluminous

/vəˈluːmɪnəs/
adjective
1.
of great size, quantity, volume, or extent
2.
(of writing) consisting of or sufficient to fill volumes
3.
prolific in writing or speech
4.
(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 voluminously

voluminous

adj.

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

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