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Meaning of volume by Wiktionary Dictionary


    Alternative forms

    • vol. ( abbreviation )


    From Old French volume, from Latin volūmen ( “book, roll” ), from volvō ( “roll, turn about” ) .


    • ( UK ) IPA: /ˈvɒl.juːm/, /ˈvɒl.jʊm/
    • ( US ) IPA: /ˈvɑl.jum/, /ˈvɑl.jəm/


    volume ( plural: volumes )

    1. A unit of three dimensional measure of space that comprises a length, a width and a height. It is measured in units of cubic centimeters in metric, cubic inches or cubic feet in English measurement .
      The room is 9x12x8, so its volume is 864 cubic feet .
    2. Strength of sound. Measured in decibels .
      Please turn down the volume on the stereo .
    3. The issues of a periodical over a period of one year .
      I looked at this week's copy of the magazine. It was volume 23, issue 45 .
    4. A single book of a publication issued in multi-book format, such as an encyclopedia .
      The letter "G" was found in volume 4 .
    5. A synonym for quantity .
      The volume of ticket sales decreased this week .
    6. ( economics ) The total supply of money in circulation or, less frequently, total amount of credit extended, within a specified national market or worldwide .
    7. ( computing ) An accessible storage area with a single file system, typically resident on a single partition of a hard disk .

    See also

    cubic distance

    Derived terms

Definition of volume by GCIDE Dictionary


  1. Volume n. [F., from L. volumen a roll of writing, a book, volume, from volvere, volutum, to roll. See Voluble.]
    1. A roll; a scroll; a written document rolled up for keeping or for use, after the manner of the ancients. [Obs.]

    The papyrus, and afterward the parchment, was joined together [by the ancients] to form one sheet, and then rolled upon a staff into a volume ( volumen ). Encyc. Brit.

    2. Hence, a collection of printed sheets bound together, whether containing a single work, or a part of a work, or more than one work; a book; a tome; especially, that part of an extended work which is bound up together in one cover; as, “a work in four volumes”.

    An odd volume of a set of books bears not the value of its proportion to the set. Franklin.

    4. Anything of a rounded or swelling form resembling a roll; a turn; a convolution; a coil.

    So glides some trodden serpent on the grass,

    And long behind wounded volume trails. Dryden.

    Undulating billows rolling their silver volumes. W. Irving.

    4. Dimensions; compass; space occupied, as measured by cubic units, that is, cubic inches, feet, yards, etc.; mass; bulk; as, “the volume of an elephant's body; a volume of gas”.

    5. ( Mus. ) Amount, fullness, quantity, or caliber of voice or tone.

    Atomic volume, Molecular volume ( Chem. ), the ratio of the atomic and molecular weights divided respectively by the specific gravity of the substance in question. -- Specific volume ( Physics & Chem. ), the quotient obtained by dividing unity by the specific gravity; the reciprocal of the specific gravity. It is equal ( when the specific gravity is referred to water at 4° C. as a standard ) to the number of cubic centimeters occupied by one gram of the substance.