Meaning of VOLUME in English


I. ˈvälyəm also -l(ˌ)yüm noun

( -s )

Etymology: Middle English volum, volume, from Middle French, from Latin volumen roll of writing, book, volume, from volvere to roll — more at voluble

1. : a written document (as on parchment) rolled up on a short staff for keeping and unrolled for reading : scroll


a. : a collection of printed sheets bound together whether constituting a single work

a volume of memoirs

a part of a work

the first volume of a long biography

or a part in a related series of works

the volume of Victorian poetry in the series of English poetry

: book ; especially : the part of an extended work bound up together in one cover — compare brochure , pamphlet , tome

b. : an arbitrary number of issues of a periodical or the issues printed within a set time (as a year)

each issue of a magazine bears a volume number and an issue number which are assigned by the publisher and continue in regular sequence from Volume 1, No. 1. — Theory & Practice of Bookbinding

c. : album 1c

the Russian basso, has done a volume of lieder — Harper's


a. : something that may be studied and interpreted like a book

the volume of nature

b. : something having a rounded or swelling form suggestive of a scroll : coil , convolution , turn

imbedded in the volumes of her hair — J.F.Cooper

feminine attributes of even greater value than the curves and volumes of the female body — Frank Budgen

4. : space occupied or enclosed by cubic units (as inches, feet, quarts, pecks, bushels, gallons) : compass , capacity

the volume of a container

specifically : the number of cubes each with an edge one unit long that can be fitted exactly into a solid (as some rectangular parallelepipeds) when it can be fitted in such a manner or a number that is equally acceptable as a measure of the solid (as a sphere or cone) when it cannot be fitted in this manner


a. : amount , bulk , mass , quantity

as a composer he produced a considerable volume of church music — J.T.Howard

the volume of employment rose — Oscar Handlin

the flow of income to individuals was of record dollar volume — Milton Gilbert

a large volume of unclassified technological data has been published — R.A.Tybout

overwhelmed by the volume and violence of his dispatches — Pierre Frédérix

a sales volume of … a million dollars on his books — Current Biography

shelled clams are bought by the count or by volume — Marjorie M. Heseltine & Ula M. Dow

often : a considerable quantity

profits are made by selling volume at market price — Wall Street Journal

chance that the snow will fall in volume , and soon — J.M.Vander Voort

pouring forth a volume of amiable absurdities — Victoria Sackville-West

b. : the amount of a substance that occupies a particular volume

one volume of the material which has been collected is added to 9 volumes of normal saline — F.J.Hamilton

water on electrolysis gives 2 volumes of hydrogen to one of oxygen

c. : the number of vehicles or pedestrians that pass a given point during a specified period of time

the volume of traffic


(1) : a shaped or defined mass in a sculpture or an architectural structure

(2) : the representation of mass or three-dimensional shape in a drawing or painting


a. : the degree of loudness or the intensity of a sound

by the last chorus the volume of sound was overwhelming — Agnes S. Turnbull

a desire for ever greater volume overtook musicians and instrument-makers — Robert Donington

also : loudness

a singer who could look pathetic and who had volume — Jo Sullivan

b. : the magnitude of an audio frequency wave in an electric circuit

7. : a characteristic of auditory sensations such that high tones seem small and sharp while low tones appear to fill much space

Synonyms: see size


II. adjective

: of, dealing with, or involving large quantities

volume production of airplanes

volume sales of books

III. verb

( -ed/-ing/-s )

intransitive verb

: to roll or rise in volume

her dress volumed — George Meredith

a drift of pale, voluming smoke arose from the sawdust pile — J.G.Cozzens

the blood cry went up and volumed in a discordant chorus — J.F.Dobie

transitive verb

1. : to collect or gather in or as if in a volume

2. : to send or give out in volume

Webster's New International English Dictionary.      Новый международный словарь английского языка Webster.