Meaning of “volume” in the English Dictionary

"volume" in British English

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volumenoun

uk /ˈvɒl.juːm/ us /ˈvɑːl.juːm/

volume noun (AMOUNT)

[ C or U ] the amount of space that is contained within an object or solid shape:

Which of these bottles do you think has the greater volume?

B2 [ U ] the number or amount of something in general:

It's the sheer volume of traffic in the city that is causing the problems.

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  • One box may look bigger than the other, but in fact they are roughly equal in volume.
  • Local activist groups have become increasingly vociferous as the volume of traffic passing through the village has grown.
  • What is the volume of the water tank?
  • I think this pan has a larger volume than yours.
  • The transport system can't cope with the volume of passengers.

volume noun (SOUND LEVEL)

B1 [ U ] the level of sound produced by a television, radio, etc., or the switch or other device controlling this:

Could you turn the volume down, please, I'm trying to sleep.
I'll turn it up if you tell me which one is the volume (= switch).

More examples

  • Turn the little knob to adjust the volume.
  • We told them to crank up the volume.
  • The volume of music from the club has caused complaints.
  • They try to make up for their lack of musical talent by sheer volume.
  • The music will sound better if you adjust the volume of the bass.

volume noun (BOOK)

C2 [ C ] one in a set of related books:

The second volume of his memoirs will be published later this year.

C2 [ C ] formal a book:

She took a slim volume down from the shelf.
a volume of poetry

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  • He lifted a fat volume down from the shelf.
  • Waugh's first volume of memoirs dealt with his childhood and youth.
  • He penetrates deeper into the artist's life in the second volume of his autobiography.
  • She picked up a thick volume and began to read out loud.
  • This is the eighth volume in the series, which totals 21 volumes in all.

(Definition of “volume” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"volume" in American English

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volumenoun

us /ˈvɑl·jəm, -jum/

volume noun (SPACE)

[ C/U ] an amount of space having length, height, and width:

[ C ] You need a big air conditioner to cool a large volume of space.
[ U ] About 8 percent of the total volume of garbage is plastic packaging.

volume noun (AMOUNT)

[ C usually sing ] the number or amount of something having a lot of units or parts:

The main difficulty with teaching is the sheer volume of work.
The system could not handle the volume of electronic mail.
We are looking for a high volume of sales.

volume noun (SOUND LEVEL)

[ U ] the level of sound produced by a television, radio, etc., or the switch or other device controlling this:

Could you turn the volume down, please – I’m trying to sleep.

volume noun (BOOK)

[ C ] a book, esp. one book in a set of related books:

a slim volume of poetry
I’m missing the last volume of the set.

(Definition of “volume” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"volume" in Business English

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volumenoun [ C or U ]

uk /ˈvɒljuːm/ us abbreviation vol.

the amount of space that is contained within an object, or that is filled by an object or substance:

What is the volume of the fuel tank?

the total number or amount of something:

The helpline could not handle the volume of calls from people having problems.
by volume The company is now the number one swimwear retailer by volume.
Imports of consumer goods have risen in volume by 10%.
Retail sales volumes rose by 5.4% in the year to May in Sweden.

STOCK MARKET the total number of shares that are bought or sold on a stock market within a particular period of time:

Trading volume totaled more than 2.8 million shares.
The average daily volume has been 700,860 shares a day for the past three months.
heavy/light/moderate volume There could be volatility before year-end due to light volume.
in volume

in large quantities:

They will not begin manufacturing the laptop in volume unless they have firm commitments from buyers.
The company will begin shipping in volume next month.

(Definition of “volume” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)