Definition of volume in English:


Line breaks: vol¦ume
Pronunciation: /ˈvɒljuːm


  • 1A book forming part of a work or series: a biography of George Bernard Shaw in three volumes [in combination]: a four-volume work
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    • There was huge, leather bound series of volumes of Encyclopaedia Celtica.
    • Photographs are of reasonable resolution and the whole layout of the book is more pleasing and open than earlier volumes in the series.
    • Eventually the series filled two volumes published in March and May 1788.
  • 1.1A single book or a bound collection of printed sheets: a botanical library of 5,000 volumes her volume of short stories
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    • He initially conceived of the drawings in the book to be printed in a bound volume that would have no title, no words, and no instructions to indicate which was the top or bottom.
    • It has a distinguished collection of over 35,000 volumes including many rare travel books from the 18th and 19th century.
    • The library has a current holding of about 2.2 million volumes in print, which breaks down into 148 holdings per student.
  • 1.2A consecutive sequence of issues of a periodical: Chemistry in Britain Volume 28 Number 1
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    • So I went to the college library and started to go through the volumes of back issues.
    • Sadly only 3 volumes and 30 issues appeared before it was forced to close.
    • Under his management the 100th volume was issued in 1938.
  • 1.3 historical A scroll of parchment or papyrus containing written matter.
  • 2 [mass noun] The amount of space that a substance or object occupies, or that is enclosed within a container: the sewer could not cope with the volume of rainwater
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    • With negative curvature, space has infinite volume.
    • Likewise, a gas will occupy any volume which is made available to it.
    • In other words, it takes on the exact shape and volume of its container.
  • 2.1An amount or quantity of something, especially when great: changes in the volume of consumer spending [count noun]: the volumes of data handled are vast
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    • The amount and volume of material we receive each day is huge and unfortunately sometimes it's impossible to answer everybody's pleas.
    • A year later, he upgraded the phone system to handle the growing volume of phone orders.
    • The business has also been successful in increasing both the value and volume of orders per customer through better customer relationship management.
  • 2.2Fullness or expansive thickness of something, especially of a person’s hair: give your hair volume and bounce with this mousse
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    • It gives length and volume, so your hair looks natural.
    • He applies a lightweight gloss after blow-drying and before curling to help keep her hair's natural volume and fullness under control and to add shine.
    • It prolongs the durability of the curl, enhancing its elasticity and volume without weighing the hair down.
  • 3 [mass noun] Quantity or power of sound; degree of loudness: he turned the volume up on the radio
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    • Pianists must rely more heavily on differing volume levels to distinguish voices.
    • There are two further console-style buttons on the top of the device, positioned for index-finger usage, and power and volume controls on the base.
    • The controls are on top surface of the right-hand satellite speaker but are limited to the power switch and volume control.



[usually in combination]: a four-volumed boxed set
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  • It appears to be a book review of a many volumed book attacking the supposed author of the books, and the sentences are convoluted things that rarely come in under 100 words.
  • In 1907 he began the publication of his seven volumed work about the Aranda and Loritja tribes.


late Middle English (originally denoting a roll of parchment containing written matter): from Old French volum(e), from Latin volumen, volumin- 'a roll', from volvere 'to roll'. An obsolete meaning 'size or extent (of a book)' gave rise to sense 2.

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