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

  • To swell; rise in bulk or volume.
  • 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.

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


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

Middle English, from Old French, from Latin volūmen, roll of writing, from volvere, to roll; see wel-2 in Indo-European roots.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Old French volume, from Latin volūmen ("book, roll"), from volvō ("roll, turn about").


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