Definition of voluminous in English:


Syllabification: vo·lu·mi·nous
Pronunciation: /vəˈlo͞omənəs


  • 1Occupying or containing much space; large in volume, in particular.
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    • As the first notes sounded, that cramped little room metamorphosed into a voluminous space.
    • It is now a popular music venue, with its voluminous space providing a very different atmosphere for music lovers.
    • Brokers are required to collect voluminous information on investors and their risk profiles, and branch managers were made to supervise the suitability of recommendations to clients
  • 1.1(Of clothing or drapery) loose and ample.
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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.
    capacious, roomy, spacious, ample, full, big, large, bulky, extensive, sizable, generous; billowing, baggy, loose-fitting
    formal commodious
  • 1.2(Of writing) very lengthy and full.
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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.
  • 1.3(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.



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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.


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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.


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

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