Definition of volume in English:



  • 1A book forming part of a work or series.

    • ‘As with other volumes in this series, a solid introduction is followed by verse by verse comment on the text.’
    • ‘The latest two volumes of this exciting series continue the tradition of scholarly and typographical excellence established by their predecessors.’
    • ‘I have used and am very pleased with this book, and I look forward to the other volumes in this series.’
    • ‘Now, thirty-five years later, he is publishing the seventh volume in this series.’
    • ‘These two volumes come from a series of four reference works on American government.’
    • ‘As the editor of the subsequent volume in this series observes, the nineteenth century was to be Britain's century.’
    • ‘Thus, when invited to contribute to a series of volumes about famous historians, she turned to a figure whose personal cosmopolitanism was as interesting as his scholarship.’
    • ‘It is intended to stand alone, so one does not have to read the other volumes in the series.’
    • ‘I was a captivated reader of almost all of the volumes published in that series.’
    • ‘The significance of that change of political direction will be explored in the next volume in this series.’
    • ‘Photographs are of reasonable resolution and the whole layout of the book is more pleasing and open than earlier volumes in the series.’
    • ‘Eventually the series filled two volumes published in March and May 1788.’
    • ‘The records of the proceedings, including the documentation of the Nazi atrocities, were published in a series of forty-two volumes.’
    • ‘There was huge, leather bound series of volumes of Encyclopaedia Celtica.’
    • ‘One volume per year is issued, and each is devoted to a single subject.’
    • ‘It was issued in six volumes between 1572 and 1617.’
    • ‘Thus, he devoted four of seven volumes to the period since 1815.’
    • ‘The natural history of the birds was treated in a second series of nine volumes.’
    • ‘The project was finally initiated in 1985; to date, seven volumes of the series have been published.’
    • ‘Like other volumes in this series, it candidly mentions not only the successes, but also the failures and defeats of airpower.’
    1. 1.1 A single book or a bound collection of printed sheets.
      • ‘By 1999, the Library had collected over 92,000 volumes of rare books as well as 125,000 manuscripts along with periodicals and newspapers.’
      • ‘He initially conceived of the drawings in the book to be printed in a bound volume that would have no title, no words, and no instructions to indicate which was the top or bottom.’
      • ‘It is hard to imagine a single volume containing more information.’
      • ‘The library has a current holding of about 2.2 million volumes in print, which breaks down into 148 holdings per student.’
      • ‘On the evidence of this book, she's not quite ready to publish either a short story collection or a volume of poems.’
      • ‘But it is still useful to find it recorded in a single volume that brings the story up to date and peers cautiously into the future.’
      • ‘During his lifetime Blake wrote many volumes of poetry and religious philosophy, and was an accomplished artist and engraver.’
      • ‘The volume is nicely written, well organized, thoroughly documented, and a masterpiece of cross-cultural studies.’
      • ‘The children entered the competition in July last year and were delighted to see their work in print when the volume was published in January.’
      • ‘It has a distinguished collection of over 35,000 volumes including many rare travel books from the 18th and 19th century.’
      • ‘As with her other volumes, this well-researched collection provides a wide variety of valuable information for students.’
      • ‘Looking up from the history he was currently reading, he yawned hugely, stretching in his seat, in the process knocking several of the bound volumes to the floor.’
      • ‘There is going to have to be some serious distilling done if I'm going to be able to condense them into a single volume.’
      • ‘Yet we are still waiting for a compact, scholarly biography of his entire life in a single volume.’
      • ‘Whole printed volumes have been digitised from January 1914 to December 1920 and from January 1939 to December 1948.’
      • ‘He wrote not just many volumes of poetry but incisive and intriguing plays, many of which became a curious reflection of life in Ireland at the time.’
      • ‘The title poem, which concludes the volume, poses a series of questions about perspectives.’
      • ‘I accumulate a library for every project I research - many of them hard to get, out of print volumes that become extra children.’
      • ‘The bound volume, kept at the museum in Edinburgh, is believed to be the first official attempt to link tartans with certain clans.’
      • ‘A collection of tables was scattered near the windows, and many people sat at them, poring through old volumes and occasionally writing down something of importance.’
      book, publication, tome, hardback, paperback, softback, work, opus, title, treatise, manual, almanac, compendium
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    2. 1.2 A consecutive sequence of issues of a periodical.
      • ‘This is the sixth volume of these periodic reviews, collected together on this occasion by two members of the Editorial Board.’
      • ‘The issues are bound together in large telephone directory-sized volumes after every twenty five or so issues.’
      • ‘Under his management the 100th volume was issued in 1938.’
      • ‘So I went to the college library and started to go through the volumes of back issues.’
      • ‘Sadly only 3 volumes and 30 issues appeared before it was forced to close.’
      • ‘January and July issues were selected because they represent the first issue in each volume after the Journal began monthly publication.’
      • ‘It would be unwise to attempt to review in detail all nine issues of the journal in hand (the 1997 volume was a double issue).’
      issue, number
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    3. 1.3historical A scroll of parchment or papyrus containing written matter.
  • 2The amount of space that a substance or object occupies, or that is enclosed within a container, especially when great.

    ‘the sewer could not cope with the volume of rainwater’
    ‘a volume of air’
    • ‘The flush tank periodically releases a large volume of water into the gutter.’
    • ‘First, if the outside air temperature is dramatically different to that of the water the tank is cooled on immersion and the air volume is reduced within it.’
    • ‘Since the bulk of volume gets occupied with the furniture pieces, the beauty of a bedroom greatly depends upon the quality of the furniture.’
    • ‘Pressure sensors determine your body volume by measuring the amount of air your body displaces.’
    • ‘In other words, it takes on the exact shape and volume of its container.’
    • ‘Processes farther down the pipeline must be upgraded and reworked in order to handle much greater volume.’
    • ‘At the time, many people were expressing concerns over whether the site was capable of handling the increasing volume of sewage from the growing population.’
    • ‘Formalist interpretations of Cubism view its essential significance as lying in a revolutionary approach to the depiction of space, volume, and mass.’
    • ‘At the end of the treatment period, the bone volume and density of the femurs were measured by Archimedes' principle.’
    • ‘A huge workforce, in the region of a million today, handles this massive volume of diamonds.’
    • ‘Under a share specification, an emitter would get a permit to emit a certain volume of gas per period of time.’
    • ‘With negative curvature, space has infinite volume.’
    • ‘At a particular pressure, the same weight of a substance occupies a larger volume as a gas than as a liquid or solid.’
    • ‘Real objects are not point masses but occupy a volume of space and have an infinite variety of shapes.’
    • ‘Ice cream contains about 50 per cent air by volume.’
    • ‘The following are the country's most widely planted varieties, red wine varieties first, in descending order of volume of wine produced.’
    • ‘Likewise, a gas will occupy any volume which is made available to it.’
    capacity, cubic measure, size, magnitude, largeness, bigness, mass, bulk, extent, extensiveness
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    1. 2.1 An amount or quantity of something, especially when great.
      ‘changes in the volume of consumer spending’
      • ‘To deal with the huge volume of claims, the federal government set up an alternative dispute resolution process to fast-track settlements.’
      • ‘The train operator also indicated it would be putting on extra trains to deal with the huge volume of race-goers expected to flock to the city.’
      • ‘In the cases of chemistry and hematology, these findings can probably be explained by the sheer volume of tests ordered in these two categories.’
      • ‘The phone lines were jammed and in the end we had to disconnect the phones as we couldn't deal with the sheer volume of listeners calling us.’
      • ‘The business has also been successful in increasing both the value and volume of orders per customer through better customer relationship management.’
      • ‘Plainly the company did not want to lose this, although it is hard to see who else could have handled traffic of this volume in any sensible way.’
      • ‘Wireless networks are not built to handle the huge volume of calls that emergencies generate.’
      • ‘However, I'd like to say that this is just at its infancy, and we're dealing with very low volume training, just a few pilots at a time.’
      • ‘With the airport authorities barely equipped to handle such huge volume of people, the airport now resembles a sophisticated bus stand.’
      • ‘Its systems couldn't handle rapidly increasing volume, and it also choked on an acquisition.’
      • ‘A continuous battle ensued around the vast volume of paperwork issued by various state defendants in order to prevent the action proceeding to hearing.’
      • ‘The sheer volume of consumers has simultaneously homogenized it, as well as reigniting enthusiasm for it.’
      • ‘A year later, he upgraded the phone system to handle the growing volume of phone orders.’
      • ‘‘We've never had to deal with this volume of complaints for this sort of programme before,’ said an ITC spokeswoman.’
      • ‘The massive volume of letters we received in response to our campaign shows an overwhelming depth of community spirit, far more powerful than anything racists have to offer.’
      • ‘The existing airport, he notes, still has just one X-ray machine at its international terminal to handle the huge traffic volume that the airport now sees.’
      • ‘Because of the large volume of e-mail received, the President cannot personally respond to each message.’
      • ‘The amount and volume of material we receive each day is huge and unfortunately sometimes it's impossible to answer everybody's pleas.’
      • ‘You might refund part of passengers' fares, cutting into your margin in order to increase volume.’
      • ‘The grain distribution system currently has massive over-capacity, meaning any company can handle extra volume if it can sell it.’
      quantity, amount, proportion, portion, measure, mass, bulk
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    2. 2.2a volume of/volumes of A certain, typically large amount of something.
      ‘the volumes of data handled are vast’
      • ‘The co-ops will have the very critical task of writing code and developing data pipelines to help our scientific team manage the large volume of of samples processed through our facility on a daily basis.’
      • ‘Due to the volume of of applications currently being received we have decided to extend the Supplemental Application deadline to October 15th, 2007.’
    3. 2.3 Fullness or expansive thickness of something, especially of a person's hair.
      • ‘It prolongs the durability of the curl, enhancing its elasticity and volume without weighing the hair down.’
      • ‘He applies a lightweight gloss after blow-drying and before curling to help keep her hair's natural volume and fullness under control and to add shine.’
      • ‘This would be used to fill in a chignon, creating the desired volume of hair.’
      • ‘In fact, one reason why jasmine was so widely used in the South, was that the soft, white blooms were widely believed to cleanse the scalp and give greater volume to long, bouncy hair.’
      • ‘A tightly gathered ponytail will look sleek and elegant, while leaving the top of hair more loose adds volume and fun.’
      • ‘The rough, dry hair started looking full of life and volume.’
      • ‘A key to slenderizing round faces is to minimize the volume of hair that is at the sides and ear area.’
      • ‘So let's break this hairstyle into two simple things we need to focus on: volume and tamed hair.’
      • ‘‘I used her natural volume and styled her hair so she can copy it herself each day,’ he explains.’
      • ‘‘Basically, we want to give more volume to the hair so that there can be more playful lines in the clothing and cosmetics,’ he said.’
      • ‘Moreover, he added, the product softens frizzy and rough hair, reducing hair volume and controlling unruly hair.’
      • ‘As for cut/style, there are products that add a bit of volume to hair, but they usually only work when you have layers in your hair.’
      • ‘A blend of this and other herbs are also sold as shampoos to add volume to hair.’
      • ‘It gives length and volume, so your hair looks natural.’
      • ‘Remember your hairclips and grips too - necessary for when your hair's missing its normal volume.’
      • ‘Your hair will be just as straight but with more volume.’
  • 3Quantity or power of sound; degree of loudness.

    ‘he turned the volume up on the radio’
    • ‘The volume level from track to track also is highly variable.’
    • ‘A microphone picks up ambient sound and amplifies it, and volume control allows you to adjust the level.’
    • ‘When playing fortissimo, pianists should remember that volume is not a function of weight alone.’
    • ‘If you do the latter, you will have to work with the computer's volume control to find a level that adequately feeds the amp without distorting.’
    • ‘The sound quality is a little muddy, but a distinct bloom appears at high volume levels.’
    • ‘In the past, the power/mute / volume buttons could be programmed to control the TV.’
    • ‘There was no zipper effect when increasing/decreasing the volume, and no audible hash, even with the volume at its maximum volume level.’
    • ‘Decibels of sound volume must be specified with the distance, typically one metre, otherwise they are meaningless.’
    • ‘Timbre and volume are controlled by switches and knobs in a drawer on the left side of the instrument.’
    • ‘The phone fits nicely in your hand and despite its compact size, the controls are a decent size, with volume and the power key moulded in the easy to grip composite exterior.’
    • ‘This was a very effective way of controlling volume levels and made our little solo lines much easier to play.’
    • ‘Pianists must rely more heavily on differing volume levels to distinguish voices.’
    • ‘A good camera will have a headphone socket so the operator can hear exactly the sound that is being captured and, in particular, the level or volume of the sound.’
    • ‘Using the automatic volume level avoids these problems.’
    • ‘There are two further console-style buttons on the top of the device, positioned for index-finger usage, and power and volume controls on the base.’
    • ‘In the finished models of the theremin, volume levels were controlled by means of a comparable heterodyne effect triggered by the player's other hand.’
    • ‘He has himself spoken of adding weight and volume to Indian sounds and of liberating Indian melodic forms from the closed world of the chamber to the freedom of the large concert hall.’
    • ‘The controls are on top surface of the right-hand satellite speaker but are limited to the power switch and volume control.’
    • ‘As for playback, the program offers the repeat control, volume level normalisation, and custom track overlap.’
    • ‘Your doctor checks your speech and sound recognition at various volume levels.’
    loudness, sound, amplification
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Late Middle English (originally denoting a roll of parchment containing written matter): from Old French volum(e), from Latin volumen, volumin- ‘a roll’, from volvere ‘to roll’. An obsolete meaning ‘size or extent (of a book)’ gave rise to volume (sense 2).