Definitions for volumeˈvɒl yum, -yəm

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

vol•umeˈvɒl yum, -yəm(n.)

  1. the amount of space, measured in cubic units, that an object or substance occupies. the measured amount that a container or other object can hold; cubic capacity.

    Category: Physics

  2. a mass or quantity, esp. a large quantity, of something:

    a volume of mail.

  3. amount; total:

    the volume of sales.

  4. mass; bulk.

  5. the degree of sound intensity or audibility; loudness:

    to turn up the volume on a radio.

    Category: Physics

  6. fullness or quantity of tone.

  7. a book, esp. as a separately bound portion of a larger work, or as one of a series of works.

    Category: Library Science

  8. a set of issues of a periodical, often covering one year.

    Category: Common Vocabulary, Library Science

  9. a roll of papyrus, parchment, etc.; scroll.

    Category: Ancient History

Idioms for volume:

  1. speak volumes, to be expressive or full of meaning.

    Category: Idiom

Origin of volume:

1350–1400; < MF < L volūmen roll (of sheets), der. of volvere to roll


Princeton's WordNet

  1. volume(noun)

    the amount of 3-dimensional space occupied by an object

    "the gas expanded to twice its original volume"

  2. bulk, mass, volume(noun)

    the property of something that is great in magnitude

    "it is cheaper to buy it in bulk"; "he received a mass of correspondence"; "the volume of exports"

  3. book, volume(noun)

    physical objects consisting of a number of pages bound together

    "he used a large book as a doorstop"

  4. volume(noun)

    a publication that is one of a set of several similar publications

    "the third volume was missing"; "he asked for the 1989 volume of the Annual Review"

  5. volume(noun)

    a relative amount

    "mix one volume of the solution with ten volumes of water"

  6. volume, loudness, intensity(noun)

    the magnitude of sound (usually in a specified direction)

    "the kids played their music at full volume"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. volume(noun)ˈvɒl yum, -yəm

    the level of loudness of a sound

    Turn down/up the volume on the TV.

  2. volumeˈvɒl yum, -yəm

    the amount of space occupied by sth

    to calculate the volume of a sphere

  3. volumeˈvɒl yum, -yəm

    the amount or level of sth

    sales volume; The volume of work is enormous.

  4. volumeˈvɒl yum, -yəm

    one of a series of books

    volume two of the encyclopedia


  1. volume(Noun)

    A unit of three dimensional measure of space that comprises a length, a width and a height. It is measured in units of cubic centimeters in metric, cubic inches or cubic feet in English measurement.

  2. volume(Noun)

    Strength of sound. Measured in decibels.

  3. volume(Noun)

    The issues of a periodical over a period of one year.

  4. volume(Noun)

    A single book of a publication issued in multi-book format, such as an encyclopedia.

  5. volume(Noun)

    A synonym for quantity.

  6. volume(Noun)

    The total supply of money in circulation or, less frequently, total amount of credit extended, within a specified national market or worldwide.

  7. volume(Noun)

    An accessible storage area with a single file system, typically resident on a single partition of a hard disk.

  8. Origin: From volume, from volumen, from volvo.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Volume(noun)

    a roll; a scroll; a written document rolled up for keeping or for use, after the manner of the ancients

  2. Volume(noun)

    hence, a collection of printed sheets bound together, whether containing a single work, or a part of a work, or more than one work; a book; a tome; especially, that part of an extended work which is bound up together in one cover; as, a work in four volumes

  3. Volume(noun)

    anything of a rounded or swelling form resembling a roll; a turn; a convolution; a coil

  4. Volume(noun)

    dimensions; compass; space occupied, as measured by cubic units, that is, cubic inches, feet, yards, etc.; mass; bulk; as, the volume of an elephant's body; a volume of gas

  5. Volume(noun)

    amount, fullness, quantity, or caliber of voice or tone


  1. Volume

    Volume is the quantity of three-dimensional space enclosed by some closed boundary, for example, the space that a substance or shape occupies or contains. Volume is often quantified numerically using the SI derived unit, the cubic metre. The volume of a container is generally understood to be the capacity of the container, i. e. the amount of fluid that the container could hold, rather than the amount of space the container itself displaces. Three dimensional mathematical shapes are also assigned volumes. Volumes of some simple shapes, such as regular, straight-edged, and circular shapes can be easily calculated using arithmetic formulas. The volumes of more complicated shapes can be calculated by integral calculus if a formula exists for the shape's boundary. One-dimensional figures and two-dimensional shapes are assigned zero volume in the three-dimensional space. The volume of a solid can be determined by fluid displacement. Displacement of liquid can also be used to determine the volume of a gas. The combined volume of two substances is usually greater than the volume of one of the substances. However, sometimes one substance dissolves in the other and the combined volume is not additive.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'volume' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1922

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'volume' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3035

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'volume' in Nouns Frequency: #672

Translations for volume

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