volume

[ vol-yoom, -yuh m ]
/ ˈvɒl yum, -yəm /

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

/ (ˈvɒljuːm) /

noun

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

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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Science definitions for speak volumes

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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Culture definitions for speak volumes

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 (1 of 2)

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]

Idioms and Phrases with speak volumes (2 of 2)

volume


see speak volumes.

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