volume

[vol-yoom, -yuh m]
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noun


Idioms

    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.
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British Dictionary definitions for speak volumes

volume

noun

the magnitude of the three-dimensional space enclosed within or occupied by an object, geometric solid, etcSymbol: V
a large mass or quantitythe volume of protest
an amount or totalthe 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 for volume

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 speak volumes

volume

n.

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

speak volumes in Medicine

volume

[vŏlyōōm, -yəm]

n.

The amount of space occupied by a three-dimensional object or region of space, expressed in cubic units.
The capacity of such a region or of a specified container, expressed in cubic units.
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speak volumes in Science

volume

[vŏlyōōm]

The amount of space occupied by a three-dimensional object or region of space. Volumes are expressed in cubic units.
A measure of the loudness or intensity of a sound.
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speak volumes in Culture

volume

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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Idioms and Phrases with speak volumes

speak volumes

Be significant, indicate a great deal, as in That house of theirs speaks volumes about their income. This idiom uses volumes in the sense of “the information contained in volumes of books.” [c. 1800]

volume

see speak volumes.

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