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 Since the start of the year, daily eurodollar options volume has exceeded one million contracts on 98 occasions, just 10 of which have come since the start of May. Elizabeth Stanton, Bloomberg.com, "A Hawkish Fed Bet Is Creating Buzz in Key Part of Rates Market," 18 Oct. 2020 FedEx in recent years has held the line tighter in deciding to accept any additional volume to make sure its network isn’t overwhelmed. Paul Ziobro, WSJ, "This Holiday Crunch Starts Early With More Packages Than Means to Deliver Them," 18 Oct. 2020 All the while, mortgage refinancing requests continue to become a larger volume of the originations reported each quarter. Sarah Hauer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "'The pandemic has not slowed demand one bit' in Wisconsin's housing market," 17 Oct. 2020 Gus Johnson’s volume makes Joe Tessitore sound like Marcel Marceau. ... Nick Canepa Columnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Baseball needs to change what it has become, continental drift slow," 17 Oct. 2020 At the low end, it can probably be diluted away: A little bit of smoke taint will be imperceptible when blended into a large volume of clean wine. Esther Mobley, SFChronicle.com, "Many California wineries will make no wine this year because of wildfire smoke," 17 Oct. 2020 That raises the cumulative testing volume to 3,049,634. Lillian Reed, baltimoresun.com, "Maryland reports 798 new coronavirus cases, four deaths Saturday," 17 Oct. 2020 Large retailers — who typically get volume discounts — must be more flexible on schedules. Thomas Black Bloomberg News, Star Tribune, "FedEx, UPS prepare for challenges of a holiday season during a pandemic," 16 Oct. 2020 Other attackers like Chris Mueller, Benji Michel and Nani provide a high volume of goal scoring, but their creative style is utilized on the wing rather than at the top of the attack. Julia Poe, orlandosentinel.com, "Orlando City striker Matheus Aiás medically cleared to join team," 16 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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

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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Time Traveler for volume

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

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Last Updated

20 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Volume.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/volume. Accessed 31 Oct. 2020.

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More Definitions for volume

volume

noun
How to pronounce volume (audio) How to pronounce volume (audio)

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.

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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