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

Other Words from volume


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

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

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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun As soon as the ear cups are flipped into a horizontal position, smart internal circuitry automatically adjusts the EQ and volume for the optimum sound presentation. Mark Sparrow, Forbes, 21 June 2022 The former five-star prospect took his talents to the G League Ignite team and struggled as a volume scorer against pro competition in his first year out of high school. Ira Winderman, Sun Sentinel, 20 June 2022 His brother picks up a remote control from the table and turns on the stereo at top volume. Etgar Keret, The New Yorker, 20 June 2022 All those now-classic bands had tunes to go along with their chops, charisma and volume. Matt Wake | Mwake@al.com, al, 20 June 2022 Trading has been heavier than normal this weekend, with Bitcoin volume approaching $40 billion in the past 24 hours as of about 9 a.m. New York time, according to CoinGecko. Fortune, 19 June 2022 The reference charts are visualizations created from aggregating analyses of over 120,000 brain scans to show ranges in brain size, or gray matter volume, for each age. Kasra Zarei, STAT, 18 June 2022 As of last week, ridership on the Red and Orange Lines remained approximately 50 percent below pre-pandemic levels while Blue Line volume was about 44 percent below pre-pandemic ridership, the MBTA said. Laura Crimaldi, BostonGlobe.com, 17 June 2022 Room temperature egg whites whip up better and faster than cold eggs, ensuring maximum volume. Robin Miller, The Arizona Republic, 17 June 2022 See More

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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 — more at wallow entry 1

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More Definitions for volume


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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