Definition of voluminous in English:

voluminous

Line breaks: vo¦lu¦min|ous
Pronunciation: /vəˈljuːmɪnəs
 
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adjective

1(Of clothes) very loose or full; having much fabric: a voluminous purple cloak
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  • Well, the Elizabethans wore voluminous clothing, and an item or two less should not offend even the most prudish, we suppose.
  • She pulled her knees up to her chest and hugged her legs through the voluminous fabric of her skirts, closing her eyes and feeling resentment build.
  • But in the nineteenth century women were difficult to save: their voluminous clothing was a dead weight in water, and modesty usually prevented their shedding their apparel, even when in danger of drowning.
Synonyms
capacious, commodious, roomy, spacious, ample, full, big, large, sizeable, immense, vast, generous; billowing, baggy, loose-fitting, boyfriend
rare spacey
1.1(Of a piece of furniture) large and accommodating: he sank into a voluminous armchair
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  • I mean voluminous, fully-upholstered armchairs, so substantial they could almost double as a suite in their own right.
2(Of writing) very lengthy and detailed: we all scribbled down voluminous notes
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  • His voluminous writings on biblical criticism show him to have been the first liberal textual critic.
  • Inevitably, a selection of subjects from Augustine's voluminous writings reflects the particular interests and views of the author.
  • His voluminous writings became scripture defining the party line and the correct view of history.
2.1(Of a writer) producing many books.
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  • Epicurus was a voluminous writer, but almost none of his own work survives.
  • The chapter on his grandfather is a delight; he was a Church of Ireland canon, who believed not only in a God of love but a God of anger and was also a regular correspondent to the Irish Times, and a voluminous diarist.
  • He was a voluminous letter writer and his letters are just the most splendid letters.

Origin

early 17th century: partly from late Latin voluminosus 'having many coils', partly from Latin volumen, volumin- (see volume).

Derivatives

voluminously

adverb
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  • Never from closer than 6 feet away, each one snaps his head forward and - powerfully and voluminously - spits into the courtyard, rounding off initial releases with two or three supplementaries.
  • Impressed by the novelty of the sights they witnessed, reporters wrote voluminously about the merits of the corporation, and articles appeared in many widely circulated periodicals.
  • He wrote voluminously on philosophy, logic, education, economics, and politics, and throughout his life was the champion of advanced political and social causes.

voluminousness

noun
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  • By contrast, the range, diversity and voluminousness of his scholarly output is truly impressive.
  • However, both trends have uncovered a variety of hindrances that obstruct communication and transfer of knowledge, such as voluminousness, superficiality and special terminology.
  • Some thought it lacked the concentrated compactness of the other two, while others found insights in its voluminousness.

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