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

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, -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

The process—the steady buildup to a prime-time show, fueled by tantalizing and sometimes conflicting leaks—spoke volumes about the Trumpian style and the voracious media appetite for every tidbit. Howard Kurtz, Fox News, "The Media's Mixed Signals: How Trump got to Brett Kavanaugh," 9 July 2018 Kiraly said these are all locations with high traffic volume, for both drivers and pedestrians. Daniel I. Dorfman, chicagotribune.com, "Glencoe amends village manager contract to increase pay, remove housing assistance and provided car," 3 July 2018 Assembled in a volume called venture of the infinite man, the new work met a disappointing and disappointed reception. Benjamin Kunkel, The New Republic, "The partisan world of Pablo Neruda," 2 July 2018 Officials overseeing the rescue effort said Friday was the first day pumps were able to keep pace with the volume of water entering the cave from monsoon flooding. Richard C. Paddock, BostonGlobe.com, "Thailand cave rescue effort to continue, prime minister tells families," 29 June 2018 And our reaction to that same strikeout will speak volumes as to how our kids will feel about it. Cincinnati.com, "Healthy attitudes in youth sports," 25 June 2018 Suddenly everything speaks volumes in allegory and metaphor about the way in which his rise and fall—his majesty, his complexity, his challenges—are ours and our nation’s. Adam Rathe, Town & Country, "New Elvis Presley Documentary The King Tells the Story of a Musical Legend," 22 June 2018 But after Microsoft made so much noise about the PC at last year's press conference, this year's relative silence spoke volumes. Julie Muncy, WIRED, "The Biggest Surprises (and Missed Opportunities) of the E3 Press Conferences," 12 June 2018 The crinoline has allowed John Galliano, another keen student of history, to experiment with extreme volume. Vogue, "The Hoop Skirt Comes Full Circle at Loverboy," 11 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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

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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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a state of commotion or excitement

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