Definition of voluminous in English:



  • 1Occupying or containing much space; large in volume, in particular.

    • ‘He appears convincing by aggregating voluminous references without subjecting himself to the rigours of the scientific process.’
    • ‘Brokers are required to collect voluminous information on investors and their risk profiles, and branch managers were made to supervise the suitability of recommendations to clients’
    • ‘In court today, the defense said they received voluminous amounts of information on Friday, too much to be able to go through.’
    • ‘The artist's voluminous archive makes several tantalizing appearances, but there's no mention of how, why, or when some of its pages turn into works of art themselves.’
    • ‘To achieve efficient fermentation and maximum utilization of dietary fiber, the horse has developed a voluminous hindgut that can hold as much as 70 L of undigested feed for a prolonged period of time.’
    • ‘A careful examination of the voluminous collection of works on civil society reveals significant differences in Eastern European and Western traditions of conceptualizing civil society.’
    • ‘If you add the voluminous press and publicity machine that has grown around this scene, it begins to take on the proportions of a cultural frenzy.’
    • ‘In adults, the gland is composed of a central coelomosac surrounded ventrally by a labyrinth divided in two (I and II), dorsally by a voluminous bladder.’
    • ‘The voluminous records we have for the constitutional debates of the late 1780s contain no significant references to the Iroquois.’
    • ‘This is not the place to sift through the voluminous and complicated evidence - new and old - on the great cold war spy cases.’
    • ‘There has already been voluminous research into sensory deprivation, and it seems this is another good opportunity for more.’
    • ‘As the first notes sounded, that cramped little room metamorphosed into a voluminous space.’
    • ‘We're in the process of sorting through the voluminous amount of paperwork and evidence in the case, and we'll try to fit it to the best prosecutor that we have available.’
    • ‘It is now a popular music venue, with its voluminous space providing a very different atmosphere for music lovers.’
    • ‘In addition, regulators were demanding voluminous financial statements.’
    • ‘In seigneurial courts, the involvement of lawyers in such cases led to the submission of voluminous legal briefs and exaggerated claims of injury in order to demand massive, often outrageous, damages.’
    • ‘Of course, we did not expect that voters would read through this voluminous compilation from beginning to end.’
    • ‘In their voluminous public pronouncements they are both, in the clearest sense of the word, advocates.’
    • ‘He created those sort of voluminous, really bouncy curls with three different sizes of cheap curling irons.’
    • ‘We have the most extensive record, the most voluminous record of any prior nominee before us, the questionnaire, 80,000 pages of documents in his prior work, opinions and on and on and on.’
    1. 1.1 (of clothing or drapery) loose and ample.
      • ‘Men often dressed in baggy black pants and colorful, wide-brimmed hats, while women wore voluminous black dresses, colorfully embroidered bodices, and lace bonnets.’
      • ‘But in the nineteenth century women were difficult to save: their voluminous clothing was a dead weight in water, and modesty usually prevented their shedding their apparel, even when in danger of drowning.’
      • ‘Well, the Elizabethans wore voluminous clothing, and an item or two less should not offend even the most prudish, we suppose.’
      • ‘I matched his pace, though the voluminous skirts made it difficult.’
      • ‘Some Hawaiian women wear the muumuu, a voluminous dress originally designed by modest missionaries for Hawaiian women.’
      • ‘A servant in voluminous green robes ducked her head in an abbreviated bow and gestured them into the house.’
      • ‘The other kept herself hidden in a voluminous cloak that rippled despite the lack of wind.’
      • ‘Though the voluminous skirts of yesteryear were out of fashion, a slight bloom of the skirts was acceptable if not encouraged.’
      • ‘You couldn't tell what they were like, for they were draped in voluminous layers of fabric-bright pinks and dark blues.’
      • ‘His companion scurried to obey him, unclipping a ring of heavy keys from somewhere inside his voluminous robes.’
      • ‘Her back is to us as she faces a cardinal with voluminous robes and a malevolent expression.’
      • ‘Across the street, young girls stared transfixed at the voluminous white dresses in the bridal-shop windows.’
      • ‘She pulled her knees up to her chest and hugged her legs through the voluminous fabric of her skirts, closing her eyes and feeling resentment build.’
      • ‘Her sleeves were puffed at her shoulders, then tapered to a shimmering fabric that exactly fit the curve of Violet's arms and the skirt, intricately stitched with vines, fell in voluminous folds from her waist.’
      • ‘She was stumbling down the side of the road towards him, dressed in something quite voluminous.’
      • ‘I could not imagine how she had fit in there with such a voluminous dress.’
      • ‘She put her own book beside her in the chair and pulled her feet underneath her, wrapping the voluminous robe a little tighter.’
      capacious, commodious, roomy, spacious, ample, full, big, large, sizeable, immense, vast, generous
      billowing, baggy, loose-fitting, boyfriend
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    2. 1.2 (of writing) very lengthy and full.
      • ‘His voluminous writings, which call for a ‘law based on morality’, are little more than a long argument to justify controlling other people's lives.’
      • ‘It also quotes extensively from his voluminous war notes - letters, journals, and personal reminiscences written during and shortly after the war.’
      • ‘One theme treated several times in his voluminous writings was whether laymen and women should be allowed to dance in churchyards on feast days.’
      • ‘Despite a voluminous outpouring of books and journal articles, historians are in some senses only beginning to catch up to certain facets of America's Civil War.’
      • ‘Even his opponents continually referred to him as an eminent and brilliant legal scholar, but I certainly didn't find anything in his voluminous writings that could possibly justify such praise.’
      • ‘Verbatim notetakers can get by thinking I'll figure out what this means later, but later, you've got those horrendously voluminous notes to deal with.’
      • ‘The text is eminently readable and supported by detailed citations and a voluminous index.’
      • ‘It didn't prevent him from giving voluminous notes on their performance every night or changing a thing or two, however.’
      • ‘‘My father was a source of knowledge missing from voluminous books,’ the son says.’
      • ‘Five years older than Voltaire, he died in 1755, leaving a much less voluminous body of writings.’
      • ‘That key person needs to listen intently, take voluminous notes, and collect all class handouts, texts, and tests.’
      • ‘His voluminous writings became scripture defining the party line and the correct view of history.’
      • ‘Hospital case notes are more voluminous than traditional British general practice paper records, which are normally maintained on small cards, named after the politician who introduced them more than 90 years ago.’
      • ‘Another selection we need is, I think, a volume of her work which includes generous extracts from both her three books of prose and her voluminous correspondence.’
      • ‘Inevitably, a selection of subjects from Augustine's voluminous writings reflects the particular interests and views of the author.’
      • ‘An invariable theme at prayer meetings and in Gandhi's voluminous writings was the urgency to bring devotion in accord with conduct.’
      • ‘His voluminous writings on biblical criticism show him to have been the first liberal textual critic.’
      • ‘On the eve of his departure in January, 1795, he mustered the strength for one last voluminous report on government finance and outlined an ambitious future course.’
      • ‘This, and the voluminous correspondence that passed between the parties, demonstrated that it has more than adequately filled its statutory duties.’
      • ‘The letter to Gevaerts cited above exemplifies the tenor of his voluminous correspondence, which is filled with references to an encyclopedic body of ancient texts.’
    3. 1.3 (of a writer) producing many books.
      • ‘I'd gone from a writer like Lowell who was voluminous in his personal testimony to a writer about whom nothing at all was known.’
      • ‘The chapter on his grandfather is a delight; he was a Church of Ireland canon, who believed not only in a God of love but a God of anger and was also a regular correspondent to the Irish Times, and a voluminous diarist.’
      • ‘Epicurus was a voluminous writer, but almost none of his own work survives.’
      • ‘He was a voluminous letter writer and his letters are just the most splendid letters.’


Early 17th century: partly from late Latin voluminosus having many coils partly from Latin volumen, volumin- (see volume).