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(1)   Physical objects consisting of a number of pages bound together
"He used a large book as a doorstop"
(2)   The magnitude of sound (usually in a specified direction)
"The kids played their music at full volume"
(3)   The property of something that is great in magnitude
"It is cheaper to buy it in bulk"
"He received a mass of correspondence"
"The volume of exports"
(4)   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"
(5)   The amount of 3-dimensional space occupied by an object
"The gas expanded to twice its original volume"
(6)   A relative amount
"Mix one volume of the solution with ten volumes of water"


  1. 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. (The room is 9x12x8, so its volume is 864 cubic feet.)
  2. Strength of sound. Measured in decibels. (Please turn down the volume on the stereo.)
  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 single book of a publication issued in multi-book format, such as an encyclopedia. (The letter "G" was found in volume 4.)
  5. A synonym for quantity. (The volume of ticket sales decreased this week.)
  6. The total supply of money in circulation or, less frequently, total amount of credit extended, within a specified national market or worldwide.
  7. An accessible storage area with a single file system, typically resident on a single partition of a hard disk.

See also

cubic distance
  • Customary: ounces, pints, quarts, gallons, cubic inches (in3), cubic feet, cubic yards, cubic miles
  • Metric: mililiters, liters, cubic meters (m3), cubic centimeters ("cc") (cm3)

  • Universal: bels, decibels
  • Metric: millipascals (mPa)


  1. volume (quantity of space)
  2. volume (single book of a published work)