[ vol-yoom, -yuh m ]
/ ˈvɒl yum, -yəm /
a collection of written or printed sheets bound together and constituting a book.
one book of a related set or series.
a set of issues of a periodical, often covering one year.
History/Historical. a roll of papyrus, parchment, or the like, or of manuscript.
the amount of space, measured in cubic units, that an object or substance occupies.
a mass or quantity, especially a large quantity, of something: a volume of mail.
amount; total: the volume of sales.
the degree of sound intensity or audibility; loudness: to turn up the volume on a radio.
fullness or quantity of tone.
- to be very evident or significant: Her testimony spoke volumes.
- 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
5. See size1.
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British Dictionary definitions for speak volumes
/ (ˈvɒljuːm) /
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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Medicine definitions for speak volumes
[ vŏl′yōōm, -yəm ]
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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Science definitions for speak volumes
[ vŏl′yōōm ]
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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Culture definitions for speak volumes
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Idioms and Phrases with speak volumes (1 of 2)
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]
Idioms and Phrases with speak volumes (2 of 2)
see speak volumes.
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