• (British) IPA: /ˈvɒl.juːm/, /ˈvɒl.jʊm/
  • (America) IPA: /ˈvɑl.jum/, /ˈvɑl.jəm/


  1. A 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.
    The room is 9x12x8, so its volume is 864 cubic feet.
  2. Strength of sound; loudness.
    Please turn down the volume on the stereo.
    Volume can be measured in decibels.
  3. The issues of a periodical over a period of one year.
    I looked at this week's copy of the magazine. It was volume 23, issue 45.
  4. A bind#Verb|bound book.
  5. A single book of a publication issued in multi-book format, such as an encyclopedia.
    The letter "G" was found in volume 4.
  6. (obsolete) A roll or scroll, which was the form of ancient books.
  7. Quantity.
    The volume of ticket sales decreased this week.
  8. A rounded mass or convolution.
  9. (economics) The total supply of money in circulation or, less frequently, total amount of credit extended, within a specified national market or worldwide.
  10. (computing) An accessible storage area with a single file system, typically resident on a single partition of a hard disk.
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volume (volumes, present participle voluming; past and past participle volumed)

  1. (intransitive) To be conveyed through the air, waft.
    • 1867, George Meredith, Vittoria, London: Chapman & Hall, Volume 2, Chapter 30, p. 258,
      […] thumping guns and pattering musket-shots, the long big boom of surgent hosts, and the muffled voluming and crash of storm-bells, proclaimed that the insurrection was hot.
    • 1884, William Dean Howells, The Rise of Silas Lapham, Chapter 2,
      […] the Colonel, before he sat down, went about shutting the registers, through which a welding heat came voluming up from the furnace.
  2. (transitive) To cause to move through the air, waft.
    • 1872, George Macdonald, Wilfrid Cumbermede, London: Hurst & Blackett Volume I, Chapter 15, p. 243,
      We lay leaning over the bows, now looking up at the mist blown in never-ending volumed sheets, now at the sail swelling in the wind before which it fled, and again down at the water through which our boat was ploughing its evanescent furrow.
    • 1900, Walter William Skeat (anthropologist), Malay Magic, London: Macmillan, Chapter 6, p. 420,
      The censer, voluming upwards its ash-gray smoke, was now passed from hand to hand three times round the patient, and finally deposited on the floor at his feet.
    • 1969, Maya Angelou, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, New York: Bantam, 1971, Chapter 33, p. 219,
      The record player on the first floor volumed up Lonnie Johnson (musician) singing, “Tomorrow night, will you remember what you said tonight?”
  3. (intransitive) To swell.

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