Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Having great volume, fullness, size, or number: a voluminous trunk; a voluminous cloud.
  • adj. Filling or capable of filling a large volume or many volumes: the voluminous court record of the long trial.
  • adj. Ample or lengthy in speech or writing.
  • adj. Having many coils; winding.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Of or pertaining to volume or volumes.
  • adj. Consisting of many folds, coils, or convolutions.
  • adj. Of great volume, or bulk; large.
  • adj. Having written much, or produced many volumes; copious; diffuse; as, a voluminous writer.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or pertaining to volume or volumes.
  • adj. Consisting of many folds, coils, or convolutions.
  • adj. Of great volume, or bulk; large.
  • adj. Having written much, or produced many volumes; copious; diffuse.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Consisting of coils or convolutions.
  • Of great volume or bulk; large; swelling: literally or figuratively.
  • Having written much; producing many or bulky books; also, copious; diffuse; prolix: as, a voluminous writer.
  • Being in many volumes; hence, copious enough to make numerous volumes: used of the published writings of an author: as, the voluminous works of Sir Walter Scott.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. large in volume or bulk
  • adj. large in number or quantity (especially of discourse)
  • adj. marked by repeated turns and bends

Etymologies

Late Latin volūminōsus, having many folds, from Latin volūmen, volūmin-, roll of writing; see volume.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • These were the ones whose jeans looked uncomfortably snug, whose faces had a moonish quality that didn't quite seem accustomed, who cloaked themselves in voluminous hoodies.

    Your college kid, plus 15

  • Irresponsible headlines, especially in voluminous journals where few have time to read all the letterpress, are very dangerous.

    Survival At Stake, Our Individual Responsibilities

  • People in a democracy have a right to criticize their government and the freer the country the more voluminous is the criticism.

    Food

  • Up the hilly road, as though ascending from the depths of the valley, came figures of old men with gnarled sticks hanging from their wrists by leather straps, and women whose heads wrapped in voluminous kerchiefs looked too large for their small bodies.

    The Mother

  • The elderly beaux still wear the showy embroidered waistcoats, knee breeches, lace ruffles and sparkling shoe buckles of the late eighteenth century, while the younger men, conforming to the newer style, have adopted close-fitting nankeen pantaloons tied above the ankle by a piece of ribbon, and wear long-tailed blue coats adorned with brass buttons, while their necks are swathed in voluminous white muslin cravats.

    Jane Austen: Her Homes and Her Friends

  • The Cape papers contain voluminous accounts of the cruiser

    The Cape Papers

  • The heaving is one of the mass beneath, and comes in voluminous rolls as of hills in motion; on the surface of these are the waves, that, far as the eye can reach, take a sharp, angular, spiral form, till the whole resembles an army of spear-heads in motion.

    Extracts from a Lady's Log-Book,

  • Most foreign businessmen in China recall voluminous quantities of baijiu and the burning throat, if little else, afterward.

    Taste Test

  • Because of translation issues and the international nature of this alleged plot and what prosecutors are calling voluminous discovery, the judge designated the case complex waiving speedy trial deadlines.

    CNN Transcript Sep 30, 2009

  • QUESTION: Ari, Iraq will have its say of sorts on Saturday when they release what has been described as a voluminous document.

    CNN Transcript Dec 5, 2002

Wordnik is becoming a not-for-profit! Read our announcement here.

Comments

Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.