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: the degree of loudness or the intensity of a sound
also : loudness
: 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
: amount
also : bulk, mass
: a considerable quantity
: the amount of a substance occupying a particular volume
: mass or the representation of mass in art or architecture
: a series of printed sheets bound typically in book form : book
: a series of issues of a periodical
volumed adjective
volume table


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volumed; voluming

transitive verb

: to send or give out in volume

intransitive verb

: to roll or rise in volume


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: involving large quantities
volume sales
Choose the Right Synonym for volume

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

Example Sentences

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
Amid a prolonged Crypto Winter, the cryptocurrency exchange reported a 50% decline in total trading volume compared with 2021. Ben Weiss, Fortune Crypto, 21 Mar. 2023 Banneker’s journals burned when his cottage was set on fire by vandals on the day of his funeral, with only one volume surviving. Maud Newton, Washington Post, 21 Mar. 2023 Bonus: Deploy it as a styling product to pump up hair volume. Garrett Munce, Men's Health, 21 Mar. 2023 The slimmer and versatile brush head makes styling easier since users are able to get closer to their roots to achieve more volume in their blowouts. Clara Mcmahon, Peoplemag, 20 Mar. 2023 Sarnak’s lyrics are often drowned out in the production’s sound volume, frustrating those who expect the songs of a musical to advance the story. Charles Mcnulty, Los Angeles Times, 19 Mar. 2023 Research shows SuperAgers’ brains shrink at slower rates than their peers of the same age, specifically maintaining volume in areas associated with memory and focus. Alexa Mikhail, Fortune Well, 18 Mar. 2023 Yet another involves showing up to shoots with a boombox around his neck and playing it at full volume until someone paid him to leave, a racket that supposedly earned him his nickname. Drew Schwartz, New York Times, 17 Mar. 2023 The new volume Movements, Motions, Moments offers a visual accompaniment to the exhibition. Janelle Harris Dixon, Smithsonian Magazine, 17 Mar. 2023 See More

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Word History



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

First Known Use


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


1815, in the meaning defined at transitive sense


circa 1945, in the meaning defined above

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

Dictionary Entries Near volume

Cite this Entry

“Volume.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/volume. Accessed 28 Mar. 2023.

Kids Definition


: one of a series of books forming a complete work or collection
the fifth volume of an encyclopedia
: an amount of space as measured in cubic units
the volume of a container
: a large amount : mass
volumes of smoke
a volume of criticism poured in
: the degree of loudness of a sound
turn up the volume


Middle English volume "a book, a scroll of papyrus," from early French (same meaning), from Latin volumen "roll, scroll," from volvere "to roll" — related to revolve

Medical Definition


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

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