Definition of volume noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈvɒljuːm//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈvɑːljuːm//
    , NAmE//ˈvɑːljəm//
    Radio technology, Describing music, Watching TV, Listening to music
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  1. 1  [uncountable, countable] the amount of space that an object or a substance fills; the amount of space that a container has How do you measure the volume of a gas? jars of different volumes Wait until the dough doubles in volume before kneading it again.
  2. 2  [uncountable, countable] the amount of something the sheer volume (= large amount) of business This work has grown in volume recently. New roads are being built to cope with the increased volume of traffic. Sales volumes fell 0.2% in June.
  3. 3  [uncountable] the amount of sound that is produced by a television, radio, etc. to turn the volume up/down See related entries: Radio technology, Describing music, Watching TV, Listening to music
  4. 4  [countable] (abbreviation vol.) a book, that is part of a series of books an encyclopedia in 20 volumes
  5. 5[countable] (formal) a book a library of over 50 000 volumes a slim volume of poetry
  6. 6[countable] (abbreviation vol.) a series of different issues of the same magazine, especially all the issues for one year ‘New Scientist’ volume 142, number 3
  7. Word Originlate 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 senses (1) and (2).Extra examples Her poems are now available in a single volume. Only a library would have this rare volume. Sales have doubled in volume. Sales volume has doubled since 1999. The car stereo was on at full volume. The encyclopedia is a huge work, running to 20 volumes. The sheer volume of fiction produced is staggering. They sell screws and nails by volume. a companion volume to the one on African wildlife a forty-page, glossy volume about the company’s products a library full of bound volumes a volume of short stories a volume on ancient history the total volume of the containers the volume control on the television two gallons in volume He managed to get through a considerable volume of work. In the experiment, lighted candles were put under jars of different volumes. Make sure the volume control is in the middle between the ‘low’ and ‘high’ settings. Move the slider upwards to increase the volume level. New roads are being built to cope with the high volumes of traffic. She published her first book, a slim volume of poetry, at the age of sixteen. She turned down the volume on the car stereo. The paperwork has grown in volume recently. The volume of the ocean basins has fluctuated over time. These cars are still being produced, but in much smaller volumes than before. We had to work hard to keep up with the sheer volume of business. We were attracting a volume of business that, frankly, we could not handle. What volume of water would be needed to fill the aquarium? a slim/​thick volumeIdioms
    speak volumes (about/for something/somebody)
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    to tell you a lot about something/somebody, without the need for words His achievement speaks volumes for his determination. What you wear speaks volumes about you.
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