vol·​ume | \ˈväl-(ˌ)yüm, -yəm \

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

c : album sense 1c

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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 , -​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


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

Leave out at room temperature to ferment for 12 to 14 hours until at least doubled in volume. Noor Brara, Vogue, "Samin Nosrat Wants Viewers to Cook What They See on Her New Netflix Show, Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat," 19 Oct. 2018 These propellants are kept at extremely cold temperatures, allowing them to shrink in volume so that more fuel can be packed into the Falcon 9. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "NASA Approves SpaceX "Load-and-Go" Fueling for Astronaut Flights," 10 Aug. 2018 My friend Raeanna, who lives on the Navajo Nation reservation in Arizona , has seen her community’s water wells decrease in volume due to coal mining. Iris Fen Gillingham, Teen Vogue, "Climate Change Puts the Future at Risk, So I'm Taking Action," 19 July 2018 That means nursing or pumping every two to three hours to make sure your milk comes in full volume (this is especially crucial in the first four days after your baby is born), Spatz says. Korin Miller, SELF, "Khloé Kardashian Says She Had to Stop Breastfeeding After Two Months," 11 July 2018 Paragon ranked 89th on that list with nearly $2.3 billion in gross volume. Kathleen Pender, SFChronicle.com, "Paragon Real Estate of SF acquired by Compass to form large brokerage," 10 July 2018 Tesla isn’t the only auto maker that builds in the U.S. and ships to China: BMW AG , Daimler AG and Ford Motor Co. all sell U.S. imports in significant volume here. Trefor Moss, WSJ, "Tesla Buyers in China Are Early Casualties in Trade Wrestle," 9 July 2018 As hate speech and dubious articles quickly began to surface in volume on Facebook in 2012 and 2013, many targeting Muslims and the Rohingya in particular, the government raised concerns that the site could be used to incite unrest. Timothy Mclaughlin, WIRED, "How Facebook’s Rise Fueled Chaos and Confusion in Myanmar," 6 July 2018 Wrap the bowl in plastic and allow the dough to double in volume. Nancy Miller, The Courier-Journal, "Ciao Ristorante is Italian food with the ultimate Sicilian twist," 3 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'volume.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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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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Financial Definition of volume

What It Is

Volume represents the total number of securities traded during a certain period of time.

How It Works

Volume records the number of transactions taking place during a period of time. It is a direct measure of liquidity in a market. The major exchanges report volume figures on a daily basis, both for individual securities and for the total amount of trades executed on the exchange.

For example, let's assume a buyer of stock purchases 500 shares from a seller. The volume then increases by 500 shares for that period of time.

Volume also reflects pricing momentum. When market activity -- i.e., volume -- is low, investors anticipate slower moving (or declining) prices. When market activity goes up, pricing typically moves in the same direction.

Why It Matters

Next to price, volume is likely the most closely watched indicator in technical analysis because it conveys so much information.

Technical analysts believe that volume can serve as a warning signal as to whether a stock is on the verge of breaking into upside territory (high volume) or into a downside trend (low volume). Low volume of a security, even if it's rising in price, can indicate a lack of conviction among investors. Conversely, high volume of a particular security can indicate that traders are placing their long-term confidence in the investment.

Volume is incredibly important to traders. Without volume, it becomes more difficult to buy or sell securities when you want to, and at the price you want.

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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, -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.

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vol·​ume | \ˈväl-yəm, -(ˌ)yüm \

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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