- 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.
- speak volumes,
- to be very evident or significant: Her testimony spoke volumes.
- to be expressive or meaningful: Your eyes speak volumes.
Origin of volume
Examples from the Web for 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
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.
- 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
Word Origin and History 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.
- 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.
- 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.
Idioms and Phrases with volume
see speak volumes.