volume

noun
vol·​ume | \ ˈväl-(ˌ)yüm How to pronounce volume (audio) , -yəm How to pronounce volume (audio) \

Definition of volume

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : the degree of loudness or the intensity of a sound also : loudness
2 : the amount of space occupied by a three-dimensional object as measured in cubic units (such as quarts or liters) : cubic capacity — see Metric System Table, Weights and Measures Table
3a(1) : amount also : bulk, mass
(2) : a considerable quantity
b : the amount of a substance occupying a particular volume
c : mass or the representation of mass in art or architecture
4a : a series of printed sheets bound typically in book form : book
b : a series of issues of a periodical
volume table

volume

verb
volumed; voluming

Definition of volume (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

: to send or give out in volume

intransitive verb

: to roll or rise in volume

volume

adjective

Definition of volume (Entry 3 of 3)

: involving large quantities volume sales

Other Words from volume

Noun

volumed \ ˈväl-​(ˌ)yümd How to pronounce volume (audio) , -​yəmd \ adjective

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Noun

bulk, mass, volume mean the aggregate that forms a body or unit. bulk implies an aggregate that is impressively large, heavy, or numerous. the darkened bulk of the skyscrapers mass suggests an aggregate made by piling together things of the same kind. a mass of boulders volume applies to an aggregate without shape or outline and capable of flowing or fluctuating. a tremendous volume of water

Examples of volume in a Sentence

Noun The volume is too loud. Can you turn the volume up? playing music at full volume She fiddled with the volume on the stereo. a high volume of sales Huge volumes of park visitors come through every weekend. an increase in traffic volume The box has a volume of three cubic meters. We measure the items by weight, not by volume. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The home crowd could sense the victory and rose to ear-splitting volume when Payton Pritchard's three-pointer gave the Celtics a 87-68 lead with 9:06 left. Ben Steele, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 15 May 2022 Coinbase warned that trading volume was likely to decline further in the current quarter. Nicholas Gordon, Fortune, 11 May 2022 Less snow falls, which means the volume of water feeding streams and reservoirs is 15% to 30% lower than in the mid-1900s. Los Angeles Times, 6 May 2022 The third volume of March 1917, now available in an exceptionally fine rendition by Marian Schwartz, is especially riveting. Gary Saul Morson, The New York Review of Books, 27 Apr. 2022 The sheer volume of iPhone tricks lurking beneath the surface is truly astounding. Yoni Heisler, BGR, 26 Apr. 2022 ERs across the country are seeing a rapid return to pre-pandemic volume. Dr. Michael Daignault, USA TODAY, 14 Apr. 2022 Even at the height of the crisis, last November, the volume of people crossing was about 700 per day — compared with tens of thousands of Ukrainians. Washington Post, 14 Apr. 2022 The residual effects of COVID-19, however, directly correlate to the high volume of sick patients in ICUs, said Dr. Stephen Feagins, Mercy Health Cincinnati's chief clinical officer. Brooks Sutherland, The Enquirer, 1 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of volume

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 4a

Verb

1815, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

Adjective

circa 1945, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for volume

Noun

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin volumen roll, scroll, from volvere to roll — more at wallow entry 1

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18 May 2022

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“Volume.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/volume. Accessed 29 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for volume

volume

noun
vol·​ume | \ ˈväl-yəm How to pronounce volume (audio) , -yüm \

Kids Definition of volume

2 : one of a series of books that together form a complete work or collection
3 : an amount of space that can be measured in cubic units The volume of the box is three cubic feet.
4 : amount entry 2 a high volume of sales
5 : a large amount He received volumes of mail.
6 : the degree of loudness of a sound Turn up the volume of the radio.

volume

noun
vol·​ume | \ ˈväl-yəm, -(ˌ)yüm How to pronounce volume (audio) \

Medical Definition of volume

1 : the amount of space occupied by a three-dimensional figure as measured in cubic units (as inches, quarts, or centimeters) : cubic capacity
2 : the amount of a substance occupying a particular volume

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