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


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



Definition of volume (Entry 3 of 3)

: involving large quantities volume sales

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

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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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The Department of Health on Tuesday reported 36 more deaths from COVID-19, and 988 new infections with lower-than-usual testing volume. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, "‘Diddy’ delivers, chicken coops, New Year’s Eve restrictions: News from around our 50 states," 31 Dec. 2020 And the candidates’ remarks are preceded by a three-act concert featuring a DJ who between numbers plays a sound effect of gunshots followed by shattering glass, with the volume on blast. Mene Ukueberuwa, WSJ, "Georgia Voters Prepare to Decide the Senate," 31 Dec. 2020 The hospitals are keeping up with the patient volume now, but a post-Christmas influx could be devastating, county officials said. Erin Allday, SFChronicle.com, "‘Dangerous time’: Some Bay Area hospitals close to running out of ICU beds as death tolls near records," 23 Dec. 2020 The strategy of matching capacity with volume has so far enabled UPS to post the best on-time delivery performance for any peak season since at least 2012, said Nando Cesarone, chief of U.S. operations. Thomas Black, Bloomberg.com, "UPS Says It Can Handle Both Vaccine Rollout, Holiday Parcel Rush," 8 Dec. 2020 Researchers said the parts of the brain with low volume may reflect brain injury, and those with high volumes could be evidence that other parts of his brain have compensated. Jamie Crawford, CNN, "'Sonic attacks' suffered by US diplomats likely caused by microwave energy, government study says," 5 Dec. 2020 The employment department failed to keep up with the volume of claims last spring and is still working through tens of thousands of complex applications from months ago. oregonlive, "Oregon Insight: Jobless claims spike as coronavirus rages, closure orders kick in," 3 Dec. 2020 And even with the volume at top levels, Alexa is just a call away for any questions. Jacob Krol, CNN Underscored, "The best tech worth shopping this Cyber Monday," 30 Nov. 2020 The state court system — much larger than the federal district court, more unwieldly and with a far greater volume of business — also has been unable to devise a system to resume criminal jury trials. Edmund H. Mahony, courant.com, "Fear of COVID-19 infection among prospective jurors upends efforts to begin the state’s first, post-pandemic trial," 23 Nov. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Based on the the Real Trends 500 ranking, the brokerages last year would have had a combined sales volume $3.65 billion. Gary Greene and Heritage were ranked No.1 and No. 5, respectively, in this market based on transactions. Nancy Sarnoff, Houston Chronicle, "Heritage Texas Properties merging with Better Homes and Gardens," 27 Aug. 2019 Cement sales by volume increased 4% to 18.6 million metric tons, ready mix concrete volume rose 5% to 13.9 million cubic meters, and aggregates volume increased 2% to 39.5 million metric tons. Anthony Harrup, WSJ, "Cemex Plans More Asset Sales, Debt Reduction," 26 July 2018 The answer: Press and hold either volume key and the side button key, then swipe to turn off the phone. Edward C. Baig, USA TODAY, "I've had an iPhone X all week. Here's what's easier and what's still a struggle," 3 Nov. 2017 Spirit assembles about 70 percent of the 737 and agreed to volume discounts as output spikes over the next two years. Julie Johnsson, The Seattle Times, "Boeing-Spirit pricing deadlock broken by CEOs who were former GE teammates," 2 Aug. 2017 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective According to Edwards, the presidential memoirs published after Truman’s have ranged from slick to introspective and relatively brief to multi-volume doorstops. Livia Gershon, Smithsonian Magazine, "A Brief History of Presidential Memoirs," 12 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of volume


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


1815, in the meaning defined at transitive sense


circa 1945, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for volume


Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin volumen roll, scroll, from volvere to roll

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The first known use of volume was in the 14th century

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7 Jan 2021

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“Volume.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/volume. Accessed 17 Jan. 2021.

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How to pronounce volume (audio) How to pronounce volume (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of volume

: the amount of sound that is produced by a television, radio, stereo, etc.
: a knob, lever, etc., that controls the amount of sound something makes
: an amount of something


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.


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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