volume

Volume can mean how much space something takes up. You could measure a bean's volume by placing it in water and measuring the water's rise.

You can also use volume as you measure sound or the number of books in a series. Your mom might demand that you turn down the volume on your stereo as she reaches for the next volume of Dante's Divine Comedy. She would rather read about Hell in silence.

PRIMARY MEANINGS OF: volume

1
n
the property of something that is great in magnitude
2
n
the magnitude of sound (usually in a specified direction)
3
n
a publication that is one of a set of several similar publications
FULL DEFINITIONS OF: volume
1

n the property of something that is great in magnitude

“the volume of exports”
Synonyms:
bulk, mass
Types:
dollar volume, turnover
the volume measured in dollars
Type of:
magnitude
the property of relative size or extent (whether large or small)

n a relative amount

“mix one volume of the solution with ten volumes of water”
Type of:
amount, measure, quantity
how much there is or how many there are of something that you can quantify
2

n the magnitude of sound (usually in a specified direction)

“the kids played their music at full volume
Synonyms:
intensity, loudness
Antonyms:
softness
a sound property that is free from loudness or stridency
Types:
crescendo
(music) a gradual increase in loudness
forte, fortissimo
(music) loud
swell
a crescendo followed by a decrescendo
Type of:
sound property
an attribute of sound

n the amount of 3-dimensional space occupied by an object

“the gas expanded to twice its original volume
Types:
capacity, content
the amount that can be contained
vital capacity
the maximum amount of air that can be exhaled after a maximum inhalation (usually tested with a spirometer); used to determine the condition of lung tissue
Type of:
amount, measure, quantity
how much there is or how many there are of something that you can quantify
3

n a publication that is one of a set of several similar publications

“the third volume was missing”
“he asked for the 1989 volume of the Annual Review”
Type of:
publication
a copy of a printed work offered for distribution

n physical objects consisting of a number of pages bound together

Synonyms:
book
Types:
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album
a book of blank pages with pockets or envelopes; for organizing photographs or stamp collections etc
coffee-table book
an elaborate oversize book suitable for displaying on a coffee table
folio
a book (or manuscript) consisting of large sheets of paper folded in the middle to make two leaves or four pages
hardback, hardcover
a book with cardboard or cloth or leather covers
journal
a record book as a physical object
novel
a printed and bound book that is an extended work of fiction
order book
a book in which customers' orders are entered; usually makes multiple copies of the order
paper-back book, paperback, paperback book, soft-cover, soft-cover book, softback, softback book
a book with paper covers
picture book
a book consisting chiefly of pictures
sketch block, sketch pad, sketchbook
a book containing sheets of paper on which sketches can be drawn
notebook
a book with blank pages for recording notes or memoranda
autograph album
an album for autographs
coloring book
a picture book with line drawings intended to be colored with crayons by children
daybook, ledger
an accounting journal as a physical object
diary
a personal journal (as a physical object)
phonograph album, record album
an album for holding phonograph records
photograph album
an album for photographs
pocket book, pocket edition, pocketbook
pocket-sized paperback book
scrapbook
an album into which clippings or notes or pictures can be pasted
stamp album
an album for stamps
commonplace book
a notebook in which you enter memorabilia
jotter
a small notebook for rough notes
playbook
a notebook containing descriptions and diagrams of the plays that a team has practiced (especially an American football team)
Type of:
product, production
an artifact that has been created by someone or some process
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