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.

Definitions of volume
  1. noun
    the property of something that is great in magnitude
    “the volume of exports”
    synonyms: bulk, mass
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    dollar volume, turnover
    the volume measured in dollars
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    the property of relative size or extent (whether large or small)
  2. noun
    a relative amount
    “mix one volume of the solution with ten volumes of water”
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    type of:
    amount, measure, quantity
    how much there is or how many there are of something that you can quantify
  3. noun
    the magnitude of sound (usually in a specified direction)
    “the kids played their music at full volume
    synonyms: intensity, loudness
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    a sound property that is free from loudness or stridency
    (music) a gradual increase in loudness
    forte, fortissimo
    (music) loud
    a crescendo followed by a decrescendo
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    sound property
    an attribute of sound
  4. noun
    the amount of 3-dimensional space occupied by an object
    “the gas expanded to twice its original volume
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    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
  5. noun
    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”
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    type of:
    a copy of a printed work offered for distribution
  6. noun
    physical objects consisting of a number of pages bound together
    synonyms: book
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    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
    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
    a record book as a physical object
    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
    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
    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
    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
    a small notebook for rough notes
    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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