Definition of volume in English:



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

    ‘a biography of George Bernard Shaw in three volumes’
    in combination ‘a four-volume work’
    • ‘Like other volumes in this series, it candidly mentions not only the successes, but also the failures and defeats of airpower.’
    • ‘Now, thirty-five years later, he is publishing the seventh volume in this series.’
    • ‘One volume per year is issued, and each is devoted to a single subject.’
    • ‘The latest two volumes of this exciting series continue the tradition of scholarly and typographical excellence established by their predecessors.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Eventually the series filled two volumes published in March and May 1788.’
    • ‘Photographs are of reasonable resolution and the whole layout of the book is more pleasing and open than earlier volumes in the series.’
    • ‘It is intended to stand alone, so one does not have to read the other volumes in the series.’
    • ‘The significance of that change of political direction will be explored in the next volume in this series.’
    • ‘The project was finally initiated in 1985; to date, seven volumes of the series have been published.’
    • ‘Thus, he devoted four of seven volumes to the period since 1815.’
    • ‘The records of the proceedings, including the documentation of the Nazi atrocities, were published in a series of forty-two volumes.’
    • ‘These two volumes come from a series of four reference works on American government.’
    • ‘There was huge, leather bound series of volumes of Encyclopaedia Celtica.’
    • ‘It was issued in six volumes between 1572 and 1617.’
    • ‘As with other volumes in this series, a solid introduction is followed by verse by verse comment on the text.’
    • ‘I have used and am very pleased with this book, and I look forward to the other volumes in this series.’
    • ‘As the editor of the subsequent volume in this series observes, the nineteenth century was to be Britain's century.’
    • ‘I was a captivated reader of almost all of the volumes published in that series.’
    • ‘The natural history of the birds was treated in a second series of nine volumes.’
    1. 1.1 A single book or a bound collection of printed sheets.
      ‘a botanical library of 5,000 volumes’
      ‘her volume of short stories’
      • ‘Yet we are still waiting for a compact, scholarly biography of his entire life in a single volume.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I accumulate a library for every project I research - many of them hard to get, out of print volumes that become extra children.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘By 1999, the Library had collected over 92,000 volumes of rare books as well as 125,000 manuscripts along with periodicals and newspapers.’
      • ‘As with her other volumes, this well-researched collection provides a wide variety of valuable information for students.’
      • ‘Whole printed volumes have been digitised from January 1914 to December 1920 and from January 1939 to December 1948.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The library has a current holding of about 2.2 million volumes in print, which breaks down into 148 holdings per student.’
      • ‘It is hard to imagine a single volume containing more information.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘During his lifetime Blake wrote many volumes of poetry and religious philosophy, and was an accomplished artist and engraver.’
      • ‘The title poem, which concludes the volume, poses a series of questions about perspectives.’
      • ‘The bound volume, kept at the museum in Edinburgh, is believed to be the first official attempt to link tartans with certain clans.’
      • ‘On the evidence of this book, she's not quite ready to publish either a short story collection or a volume of poems.’
      • ‘The volume is nicely written, well organized, thoroughly documented, and a masterpiece of cross-cultural studies.’
      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.
      ‘Chemistry in Britain Volume 28 Number 1’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘This is the sixth volume of these periodic reviews, collected together on this occasion by two members of the Editorial Board.’
      • ‘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).’
      • ‘January and July issues were selected because they represent the first issue in each volume after the Journal began monthly publication.’
      • ‘Under his management the 100th volume was issued in 1938.’
      • ‘The issues are bound together in large telephone directory-sized volumes after every twenty five or so issues.’
      issue, number
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    3. 1.3historical A scroll of parchment or papyrus containing written matter.
  • 2mass noun The amount of space that a substance or object occupies, or that is enclosed within a container.

    ‘the sewer could not cope with the volume of rainwater’
    • ‘Processes farther down the pipeline must be upgraded and reworked in order to handle much greater volume.’
    • ‘At a particular pressure, the same weight of a substance occupies a larger volume as a gas than as a liquid or solid.’
    • ‘Since the bulk of volume gets occupied with the furniture pieces, the beauty of a bedroom greatly depends upon the quality of the furniture.’
    • ‘Ice cream contains about 50 per cent air by volume.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Likewise, a gas will occupy any volume which is made available to it.’
    • ‘The following are the country's most widely planted varieties, red wine varieties first, in descending order of volume of wine produced.’
    • ‘The flush tank periodically releases a large volume of water into the gutter.’
    • ‘With negative curvature, space has infinite volume.’
    • ‘In other words, it takes on the exact shape and volume of its container.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Real objects are not point masses but occupy a volume of space and have an infinite variety of shapes.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Pressure sensors determine your body volume by measuring the amount of air your body displaces.’
    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’
      count noun ‘the volumes of data handled are vast’
      • ‘A year later, he upgraded the phone system to handle the growing volume of phone orders.’
      • ‘With the airport authorities barely equipped to handle such huge volume of people, the airport now resembles a sophisticated bus stand.’
      • ‘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 sheer volume of consumers has simultaneously homogenized it, as well as reigniting enthusiasm for it.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Wireless networks are not built to handle the huge volume of calls that emergencies generate.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Its systems couldn't handle rapidly increasing volume, and it also choked on an acquisition.’
      • ‘‘We've never had to deal with this volume of complaints for this sort of programme before,’ said an ITC spokeswoman.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Because of the large volume of e-mail received, the President cannot personally respond to each message.’
      • ‘To deal with the huge volume of claims, the federal government set up an alternative dispute resolution process to fast-track settlements.’
      • ‘The business has also been successful in increasing both the value and volume of orders per customer through better customer relationship management.’
      • ‘The grain distribution system currently has massive over-capacity, meaning any company can handle extra volume if it can sell it.’
      • ‘You might refund part of passengers' fares, cutting into your margin in order to increase volume.’
      • ‘The amount and volume of material we receive each day is huge and unfortunately sometimes it's impossible to answer everybody's pleas.’
      • ‘A continuous battle ensued around the vast volume of paperwork issued by various state defendants in order to prevent the action proceeding to hearing.’
      quantity, amount, proportion, portion, measure, mass, bulk
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    2. 2.2 Fullness or expansive thickness of something, especially of a person's hair.
      ‘give your hair volume and bounce with this mousse’
      • ‘A key to slenderizing round faces is to minimize the volume of hair that is at the sides and ear area.’
      • ‘Remember your hairclips and grips too - necessary for when your hair's missing its normal volume.’
      • ‘The rough, dry hair started looking full of life and volume.’
      • ‘Your hair will be just as straight but with more volume.’
      • ‘A tightly gathered ponytail will look sleek and elegant, while leaving the top of hair more loose adds volume and fun.’
      • ‘‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Moreover, he added, the product softens frizzy and rough hair, reducing hair volume and controlling unruly hair.’
      • ‘It gives length and volume, so your hair looks natural.’
      • ‘It prolongs the durability of the curl, enhancing its elasticity and volume without weighing the hair down.’
      • ‘So let's break this hairstyle into two simple things we need to focus on: volume and tamed 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.’
      • ‘This would be used to fill in a chignon, creating the desired volume of hair.’
      • ‘A blend of this and other herbs are also sold as shampoos to add volume to hair.’
  • 3mass noun Quantity or power of sound; degree of loudness.

    ‘he turned the volume up on the radio’
    • ‘Using the automatic volume level avoids these problems.’
    • ‘There was no zipper effect when increasing/decreasing the volume, and no audible hash, even with the volume at its maximum volume level.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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 past, the power/mute / volume buttons could be programmed to control the TV.’
    • ‘The volume level from track to track also is highly variable.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The sound quality is a little muddy, but a distinct bloom appears at high volume levels.’
    • ‘Your doctor checks your speech and sound recognition at various volume levels.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Timbre and volume are controlled by switches and knobs in a drawer on the left side of the instrument.’
    • ‘This was a very effective way of controlling volume levels and made our little solo lines much easier to play.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘When playing fortissimo, pianists should remember that volume is not a function of weight alone.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Decibels of sound volume must be specified with the distance, typically one metre, otherwise they are meaningless.’
    • ‘A microphone picks up ambient sound and amplifies it, and volume control allows you to adjust the level.’
    • ‘As for playback, the program offers the repeat control, volume level normalisation, and custom track overlap.’
    • ‘Pianists must rely more heavily on differing volume levels to distinguish voices.’
    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).