Meaning of VOLUME in English


vol ‧ ume S3 W2 AC /ˈvɒljuːm $ ˈvɑːljəm/ BrE AmE noun

[ Date: 1300-1400 ; Language: Old French ; Origin: Latin volumen 'roll, scroll' , from volvere ; ⇨ ↑ voluble ]

1 . SOUND [uncountable] the amount of sound produced by a television, radio etc

turn the volume up/down

Can you turn the volume up?


In everyday English, people usually say turn something up or turn something down rather than use the noun volume :

Can you turn the TV up a bit?

She’s always yelling at us to turn our music down.

2 . AMOUNT OF SOMETHING [countable usually singular, uncountable] the total amount of something, especially when it is large or increasing

volume of

The volume of traffic on the roads has increased dramatically in recent years.

the volume of trade

3 . SPACE FILLED [countable usually singular] a measurement of the amount of space that a substance or object fills, or the amount of space in a container

volume of

an instrument for measuring the volume of a gas

The volume of the container measures 10,000 cubic metres.

4 . BOOK [countable] ( written abbreviation vol. )

a) a book that is part of a set, or one into which a very long book is divided:

The period from 1940–45 is in volume 9.

b) formal a book

volume of

a volume of Keats’s poetry

c) all the copies of a particular magazine printed in one particular year

⇨ speak volumes at ↑ speak (9)

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English.      Longman - Словарь современного английского языка.