volume

noun
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
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volume

verb
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

volume

adjective

Definition of volume (Entry 3 of 3)

: involving large quantities volume sales

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Other Words from volume

Noun

volumed \ ˈväl-​(ˌ)yümd How to pronounce volumed (audio) , -​yəmd \ adjective

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Noun

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

With 80 expansion sets of Magic at your disposal, the sheer volume of cards can be mind-boggling. Darren Orf, Popular Mechanics, "How to Play 'Magic: The Gathering': Everything You Need to Know," 19 Feb. 2019 Anheuser-Busch InBev SA’s North American volumes fell 0.4% last quarter in an ongoing consumer move away from mass-market beers. Paul Page, WSJ, "Today’s Logistics Report: Economy’s Growth Track; Retrenching Retailers; Tesla Goes Online," 1 Mar. 2019 But the company has long said that the Surface line’s main reason for being isn’t sales volume, but rather as a way to show off what Windows can do when Microsoft designs the hardware. Hayley Tsukayama, courant.com, "Microsoft Shrinks The Surface To A Purse-Friendly Size," 11 July 2018 Surrounded by stacks of fresh florals and a menagerie of hair ornaments, hairstylist Odile Gilbert used a curling iron to create loose waves before vigorously shaking them out and blasting them with dry texture spray for extreme volume. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "Rodarte Brings Mesmerizing Glitter Makeup to Its L.A. Homecoming," 6 Feb. 2019 Gradually add sugars; beat 10 minutes or until tripled in volume. Susan Westmoreland, Good Housekeeping, "Sweet Valentine's Day Brownies That Are Seriously Easy to Make," 25 Jan. 2019 In the short run, Rivian is aiming for volumes in the tens of thousands, but has an eye on adding additional models that will push that into the hundreds of thousands later in the 2020s. Gary Gastelu, Fox News, "Rivian Automotive looking to battle electric cars with battery-powered trucks," 21 Sep. 2018 Rather than your typical blogger-esque blunt cut, the RiRi bob seems to be tapered a little, with textured ends, a softer shape and an effortless side sweep for extra volume. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Rihanna Got a Bob Haircut and It's Already My Summer Hair Inspo," 26 July 2018 The vendors, happy for the business volume, sent the overages to one of numerous shell companies. Mark Alesia, Indianapolis Star, "Former chief operating officer of American Senior Communities sentenced to 4 1/2 years," 6 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

Noun

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

Verb

1815, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

Adjective

circa 1945, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for volume

Noun

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin volumen roll, scroll, from volvere to roll

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volume

noun

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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volume

noun

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

volume

noun
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.

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volume

noun
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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