volume

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

noun


Nearby words

  1. volti,
  2. voltmeter,
  3. volturno,
  4. volturnus,
  5. voluble,
  6. volume index,
  7. volume unit,
  8. volume velocity,
  9. volumed,
  10. volumeter

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 volume

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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Word Origin and History for volume

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.

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Medicine definitions for volume

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 volume

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 volume

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 volume

volume

see speak volumes.

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