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Definition of voluminous

1a : having or marked by great volume or bulk : large long voluminous tresses also : full a voluminous skirt
b : numerous trying to keep track of voluminous slips of paper
2a : filling or capable of filling a large volume or several volumes a voluminous literature on the subject
b : writing or speaking much or at great length a voluminous correspondent
3 : consisting of many folds, coils, or convolutions : winding

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Other Words from voluminous

voluminously adverb
voluminousness noun

Examples of voluminous in a Sentence

the building's high ceilings and voluminous spaces a writer of voluminous output

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Their augmented manes need to be voluminous enough to make an impact, yet secure enough not to go flying off their heads. Meredith Blakestaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "How ‘Pose’ perfectly re-creates the queer ball culture of 1990 New York," 2 Aug. 2019 By lowering the barrier to initiate communication, the hidden side effect is that Slack has the quiet capacity to exponentially increase communication overhead. Resulting in much more voluminous, lower quality communication. Rani Molla, Vox, "If Slack is so good, why are so many companies trying to fix it?," 24 June 2019 Not only did her hot-pink eye shadow shine, but her ultra-long and voluminous lashes had heads turning all night. Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, "The Dramatic False Eyelash Trend Proves the Beauty World Is Ready to Bold Again," 7 May 2019 The lower mantle is much drier but also voluminous. Quanta Magazine, "The Hunt for Earth’s Deep Hidden Oceans," 11 July 2018 Masvidal and Askren had an intense personal rivalry heading into the fight, exchanging voluminous trash talk rooted in years of mutual dislike. Greg Beacham, The Denver Post, "Amanda Nunes wins big, Jon Jones squeaks decision at UFC 239," 7 July 2019 The volcano has produced voluminous flows of lava that have reached the ocean at least eight times since 1868, and twice its eruptions have destroyed villages, in 1926 and 1950. Reuters, The Mercury News, "Alert level raised at Hawaiian volcano Mauna Loa," 2 July 2019 An extremely grainy paparazzi photo taken from high above the ground appears to show Sophie Turner wearing a white gown with sleeves and a voluminous skirt, as well as a veil on hair that appears to be left down. Marci Robin, Allure, "Sophie Turner and Joe Jonas Got Married at Formal Wedding Ceremony in France," 30 June 2019 For at least the past century, these animals have been prized for their voluminous output. Maureen O’hagan, Quartz, "The way we breed cows is setting them up for extinction," 24 June 2019

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First Known Use of voluminous

1611, in the meaning defined at sense 3

History and Etymology for voluminous

Late Latin voluminosus, from Latin volumin-, volumen

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English Language Learners Definition of voluminous

: very large : containing a lot of space
of clothing : using large amounts of fabric : very full
: having very many words or pages


vo·​lu·​mi·​nous | \ və-ˈlü-mə-nəs How to pronounce voluminous (audio) \

Kids Definition of voluminous

1 : of great size or amount : large a voluminous stamp collection
2 : full entry 1 sense 5 a voluminous robe

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