- to be very evident or significant: Her testimony spoke volumes.
- to be expressive or meaningful: Your eyes speak volumes.
Origin of volume
Related Words for volumefigure, quantity, number, amount, total, size, strength, body, content, dimensions, object, bulk, mass, extent, compass, aggregate, contents, power, intensity, amplification
Examples from the Web for volume
Contemporary Examples of volume
The books in the study include a set of Shaw's plays with the first volume inscribed to Hitchcock from GBS.Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days
December 13, 2014
Tragically, Cary did not live to complete the second volume, and in 2000 I began work in earnest on this book.This Republican Loved Taxes & Modern Art
November 19, 2014
Several commentators have written off the entire midterms because of the volume of attacks and deepening partisanship.What Al Franken’s Normcore Senate Race Can Teach Other Democrats
Ana Marie Cox
October 27, 2014
Nothing had prepared the city or the department for this volume of loss.The Resilient City: New York After 9/11
September 11, 2014
This volume of activity, according to Dr. Nyquist, is something “we usually see [only] in the winter.”Midwest's 'Mystery Virus' Is Scary but Not Deadly
September 8, 2014
Historical Examples of volume
It is like closing a volume of Ossian and opening the pages of Theocritus.The Roof of France
Such discussion would have no proper place in a volume of this kind.Flying Machines
W.J. Jackman and Thos. H. Russell
Lady Delacour opened the book, which was a volume of Marmontel's Tales.
And as she spoke, she took up a volume of plays which lay upon the table.
Virginia started from her reverie, but held the volume fast.
Word Origin for volume
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.
see speak volumes.