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 whisky must be aged in Scotland in oak barrels for at least three years, and the alcohol by volume (ABV) must be less than 94.8%. Patricia Doherty, Travel + Leisure, 26 July 2021 The sheer volume of programming -- beginning with the opening ceremonies on July 23 at 8:00 p.m. Brian Lowry, CNN, 26 July 2021 Chinese buyers accounted for the biggest volume of international purchases in the year ended in March, at $4.5 billion, but their investment has dropped sharply from a peak of $31.7 billion in 2017. Nicole Friedman, WSJ, 26 July 2021 Eric Lani, a research analyst at Robin, said Boston doesn’t apparently have the volume of industries that were driving the national return trends, most notably construction and hospitality. BostonGlobe.com, 20 July 2021 The first six months of this year saw a larger number, and higher dollar volume of listings of Chinese firms in the US, than any year in the last decade. Jane Li, Quartz, 16 July 2021 The bank’s losses stem in part from the huge volume of claims, which required it to hire thousands more workers to service the debit cards. Patrick Mcgreevy, Los Angeles Times, 9 July 2021 The city's Office of Inspector General analyzed Chicago police hiring practices from 2016 to 2018, chronicling the volume and rate of attrition, no-shows and success at each stage of the process based on race and gender. NBC News, 9 July 2021 In 2014 Tiller published the third volume, Aftermath, and Haveland’s translation has just appeared. Clair Wills, The New York Review of Books, 6 July 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb FedEx’s downward trend came after the company reported strong Q4 results on Thursday, which the company credits to volume growth and disciplined portfolio and revenue management. Q.ai - Investing Reimagined, Forbes, 28 June 2021 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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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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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