What does volume mean?

Definitions for volume
ˈvɒl yum, -yəmvol·ume

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. volumenoun

    the amount of 3-dimensional space occupied by an object

    "the gas expanded to twice its original volume"

  2. bulk, mass, volumenoun

    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, volumenoun

    physical objects consisting of a number of pages bound together

    "he used a large book as a doorstop"

  4. volumenoun

    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. volumenoun

    a relative amount

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

  6. volume, loudness, intensitynoun

    the magnitude of sound (usually in a specified direction)

    "the kids played their music at full volume"


  1. volumenoun

    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. volumenoun

    Strength of sound. Measured in decibels.

  3. volumenoun

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

  4. volumenoun

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

  5. volumenoun

    A synonym for quantity.

  6. volumenoun

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

  7. volumenoun

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

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Volumenoun

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

  2. Volumenoun

    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. Volumenoun

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

  4. Volumenoun

    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. Volumenoun

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

  6. Etymology: [F., from L. volumen a roll of writing, a book, volume, from volvere, volutum, to roll. See Voluble.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Volume

    vol′ūm, n. a roll or scroll, which was the form of ancient books: a book, whether complete in itself or part of a work: a rounded mass, convolution: cubical content: a quantity: dimensions: fullness of voice.—v.i. to swell.—adj. Vol′umed, having the form of a volume or roll: of volume or bulk.—ns. Volumenom′eter, an instrument for measuring the volume of a solid body by the quantity of fluid it displaces; Vol′umēter, an instrument for measuring the volumes of gases.—adjs. Volumet′ric, -al.—adv. Volumet′rically.—adjs. Volū′minal, pertaining to cubical content; Volū′minous, consisting of many volumes or books, or of many coils: of great bulk: having written much, as an author: in many volumes, capable of filling many volumes.—adv. Volū′minously.—ns. Volū′minousness, Voluminos′ity; Vol′ūmist (rare), an author.—Volumetric analysis, the analysis of a compound by determining the quantity of a standard solution required to satisfy a reaction in a known quantity of the compound.—Speak, Tell, volumes, to mean much, to be very significant. [Fr.,—L. volumen, a roll—volvĕre, volutum, to roll.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. volume

    The contents of the globe of a planet, usually given in its proportion to that of the earth; or any named mass, solid, fluid, or vaporous.

Editors Contribution

  1. volume

    A unit of space.

    The volume of water within the bottle was clearly written on the label.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 4, 2020  
  2. volume

    A quantity of liquid.

    The volume in the bottle was on the label.

    Submitted by MaryC on April 22, 2020  

Etymology and Origins

  1. Volume

    From the Latin volvo, I roll. The earliest documents or writings consisted of long rolls of the Egyptian papyrus, and when these were rolled up each one corresponded to what the moderns called a volume. See “Roll Call.”

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

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of volume in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of volume in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of volume in a Sentence

  1. Steve Powel:

    This is a very different market that Auction is going into now and one that's gaining market acceptance just by the sheer transaction volume that they're experiencing.

  2. Scott Touchton:

    We’re not the first people to have this hurdle when your business grows: How can you stay true to what people like, but be able to produce the volume to which you can serve them? our recipe has stayed true to that, just done in a larger quantity.

  3. Mary Rouvelas:

    Once they start shipping, they will appear in the retailers between two days and two weeks after, depending on how much volume that retailer goes through.

  4. Sreekant Cherukuri:

    Stay away from in-the-ear headphones, which sit much closer to the ear drum and get much louder. And use the 60/ 60 rule-- no more than 60 percent of maximum volume for 60 minutes at a time and then take a break. Ears that get a rest are less likely to get damaged.

  5. Bob Stembridge:

    Both Uber and Tesla do innovate, but not at a sufficient level to feature in the Top 100 list of innovative organizations around the globe as measured by patent metrics of volume, success, globalization and impact. Both Uber and Tesla neither have sufficiently large portfolios to qualify for inclusion with less than 100 granted inventions during 2010-2014.

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