from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A collection of written or printed sheets bound together; a book.
- n. One of the books of a work printed and bound in more than one book.
- n. A series of issues of a periodical, usually covering one calendar year.
- n. A unit of written material assembled together and cataloged in a library.
- n. A roll of parchment; a scroll.
- n. The amount of space occupied by a three-dimensional object or region of space, expressed in cubic units.
- n. The capacity of such a region or of a specified container, expressed in cubic units.
- n. Amount; quantity: a low volume of business; a considerable volume of lumber.
- n. A large amount. Often used in the plural: volumes of praise.
- n. The amplitude or loudness of a sound.
- n. A control, as on a radio, for adjusting amplitude or loudness.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. 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.
- n. Strength of sound. Measured in decibels.
- n. The issues of a periodical over a period of one year.
- n. A single book of a publication issued in multi-book format, such as an encyclopedia.
- n. Quantity.
- n. The total supply of money in circulation or, less frequently, total amount of credit extended, within a specified national market or worldwide.
- n. An accessible storage area with a single file system, typically resident on a single partition of a hard disk.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A roll; a scroll; a written document rolled up for keeping or for use, after the manner of the ancients.
- n. 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.
- n. Anything of a rounded or swelling form resembling a roll; a turn; a convolution; a coil.
- n. Dimensions; compass; space occupied, as measured by cubic units, that is, cubic inches, feet, yards, etc.; mass; bulk.
- n. Amount, fullness, quantity, or caliber of voice or tone.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A measure of the relative quantity of a substance as determined by its bulk.
- n. A written document (as of parchment, papyrus, or strips of bark) rolled up in a convenient form for keeping or use, such being anciently the prevailing form of the book; a roll; a scroll. The written sheets were usually wound around a stick, termed an umbilicus, the extremities of which were called the cornua, to which a label containing the name of the author was tied. The whole was placed in a wrapper, and frequently anointed with oil of cedarwood as a preservative against insects.
- n. Hence2. A collection of written or printed sheets bound together, whether containing a single complete work, a part of a work, or more than one separate work; a book; a tome: as, a large volume; a work in six volumes.
- n. Something of a roll-like, rounded, or swelling form; a rounded mass; a coil; a convolution; a wreath; a fold: as, volumes of smoke.
- n. An amount or measure of tridimensional space; solid contents; hence, an amount or aggregated quantity of any kind.
- n. In music, quantity, fullness, or roundness of tone or sound.
- To swell; rise in bulk or volume.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a publication that is one of a set of several similar publications
- n. physical objects consisting of a number of pages bound together
- n. the property of something that is great in magnitude
- n. the amount of 3-dimensional space occupied by an object
- n. the magnitude of sound (usually in a specified direction)
- n. a relative amount
Middle English, from Old French, from Latin volūmen, roll of writing, from volvere, to roll; see wel-2 in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French volume, from Latin volūmen ("book, roll"), from volvō ("roll, turn about"). (Wiktionary)