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 Showed issues with drops over the middle on short, quick passes as his volume increased in 2020. USA TODAY, "2021 NFL draft wide receiver rankings: Ja'Marr Chase, Devonta Smith among top WR prospects," 27 Apr. 2021 In its sheer volume and bitterness, the palace intrigue is reminiscent of the Trump White House. New York Times, "For U.K.’s Johnson, Plenty of Mud but Will It Stick?," 27 Apr. 2021 Misfits grew its customer base and order volume by five times in 2020, a year ravaged by the pandemic, the company said. Mica Soellner, Washington Examiner, "Grocery startup Misfits Market reportedly raises total valuation to $1.1B," 24 Apr. 2021 In May, van Agtmael began working on an assignment at a funeral home in Queens that was then handling five times its usual volume of bodies. Amy Weiss-meyer, The Atlantic, "The Surreality of Documenting 2020," 23 Apr. 2021 The onslaught of legislation is new in its focus on children, and in its volume. BostonGlobe.com, "Activists see political motivations behind wave of GOP bills targeting transgender kids," 19 Apr. 2021 Its volume fell by 6% in the U.S. and by 2% in Europe, the Middle East and Africa but grew by 9% in Asia. Jennifer Maloney, WSJ, "Coca-Cola Sales Rebound as Covid-19 Vaccine Rollout Expands," 19 Apr. 2021 But the Wild would like the playmaking veteran to still increase his shot volume. Sarah Mclellan, Star Tribune, "Sharks forward Patrick Marleau ties record for NHL games played," 17 Apr. 2021 Her sales volume soon required three employees to manage packaging and fulfillment by mail. Michael Taylor, San Antonio Express-News, "Taylor: Austin-area teen is making a ton of 'gross' profit," 16 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The move to the North Shore kept pace last year, with St. Tammany sales volume up by more than 15% to 4,907 properties sold. Anthony Mcauley | Staff Writer, NOLA.com, "A look inside New Orleans real estate market: Soaring transactions, jumping prices, more," 31 Jan. 2021 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 In the background of the photo, fans can see an impressive bookcase, which boasts numerous weathered tomes and multi-volume works. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "The Duke of Gloucester Gives Fans Rare Look Inside Kensington Palace," 13 Jan. 2021 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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6 May 2021

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“Volume.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/volume. Accessed 10 May. 2021.

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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 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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