# Dictionary Definition

volume

### Noun

1 the amount of 3-dimensional space occupied by
an object; "the gas expanded to twice its original volume"

2 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" [syn: bulk, mass]

3 physical objects consisting of a number of
pages bound together; "he used a large book as a doorstop" [syn:
book]

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 a relative amount; "mix one volume of the
solution with ten volumes of water"

6 the magnitude of sound (usually in a specified
direction); "the kids played their music at full volume" [syn:
loudness, intensity] [ant: softness]

# User Contributed Dictionary

## English

### Pronunciation

- /vɒljuːm/

### Etymology

From volume.### Noun

- 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.)
- Strength of sound. Measured in decibels. (Please turn down the volume on the stereo.)
- 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.)
- A single book of a publication issued in multi-book format, such as an encyclopedia. (The letter "G" was found in volume 4.)
- A synonym for quantity. (The volume of ticket sales decreased this week.)
- The total supply of money in circulation or, less frequently, total amount of credit extended, within a specified national market or worldwide.

#### See also

#### Derived terms

#### Translations

unit of three dimensional measure that consists
of a length, a width and a height

- Bulgarian: обем
- Czech: objem
- Dutch: volume
- Finnish: tilavuus
- French: volume
- German: Volumen
- Hebrew: נפח
- Hungarian: térfogat
- Interlingua: volumine
- Italian: volume
- Japanese: 体積 (たいせき, taiseki)
- Polish: objętość
- Portuguese: volume
- Romanian: volum
- Slovak: objem
- Slovene: prostornina , volumen
- Spanish: volumen

strength of sound

- Bulgarian: сила (на звук)
- Czech: hlasitost
- Dutch: volume
- Finnish: äänenvoimakkuus
- French: volume
- German: Lautstärke
- Hebrew: עוצמת קול
- Hungarian: hangerő
- Interlingua: volumine
- Italian: volume
- Japanese: 音量 (おんりょう, onryou), 声量 (せいりょう, seiryou)
- Polish: głośność
- Portuguese: volume
- Romanian: volum
- Slovak: sila
- Slovene: glasnost
- Spanish: volumen

issues of a periodical over a period of one year

single book of a publication issued in
multi-book format, such as an encyclopedia

synonym for quantity

## French

### Pronunciation

- /vɔ.lym/
- SAMPA: /vO.lym/

### Etymology

From volumen.### Noun

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## Italian

### Noun

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# Extensive Definition

The volume of any solid, liquid, or gas is how
much three-dimensional
space it occupies, often quantified numerically. One-dimensional
figures (such as lines)
and two-dimensional shapes (such as squares)
are assigned zero volume in the three-dimensional space.

Volumes of straight-edged and circular shapes are
calculated using arithmetic formulae. Volumes of other curved
shapes are calculated using integral
calculus, by approximating the given body with a large amount
of small cubes or
concentric cylindrical
shells, and adding the individual volumes of those shapes. The
volume of irregularly shaped objects can be determined by displacement.
If an irregularly shaped object is less dense than the fluid, you
will need a weight to attach to the floating object. A sufficient
weight will cause the object to sink. The final volume of the
unknown object can be found by subtracting the volume of the
attached heavy object and the total fluid volume displaced.

The generalization of volume to arbitrarily many
dimensions is called content.
In differential
geometry, volume is expressed by means of the volume
form.

Volume and capacity are sometimes distinguished,
with capacity being used for how much a container can hold (with
contents measured commonly in litres or its derived units), and
volume being how much space an object displaces (commonly measured
in cubic
metres or its derived units). The volume of a dispersed gas is
the capacity of its container. If more gas is added to a closed
container, the container either expands (as in a balloon) or the
pressure inside the
container increases.

Volume and capacity are also distinguished in a
capacity management setting, where capacity is defined as volume
over a specified time period.

## Volume formulas

(The units of volume depend on the units of length - if the lengths are in meters, the volume will be in cubic meters, etc)The volume of a parallelepiped is the
absolute value of the scalar
triple product of the subtending vectors, or equivalently the
absolute value of the determinant of the
corresponding matrix.

The volume of any tetrahedron, given its
vertices a, b, c and d, is (1/6)·|det(a−b,
b−c, c−d)|, or any other combination of pairs
of vertices that form a simply connected graph.

## Volume measures: cooking

Traditional cooking measures for volume also
include:

- teaspoon = 1/6 U.S. fluid ounce (about 4.929 mL)
- teaspoon = 1/6 Imperial fluid ounce (about 4.736 mL)
- teaspoon = 5 mL (metric)
- tablespoon = ½ U.S. fluid ounce or 3 teaspoons (about 14.79 mL)
- tablespoon = ½ Imperial fluid ounce or 3 teaspoons (about 14.21 mL)
- tablespoon = 15 mL or 3 teaspoons (metric)
- tablespoon = 5 fluidrams (about 17.76 mL) (British)
- cup = 8 U.S. fluid ounces or ½ U.S. liquid pint (about 237 mL)
- cup = 8 Imperial fluid ounces or ½ fluid pint (about 227 mL)
- cup = 250 mL (metric)

## Relationship to density

The density of an object is defined
as mass per unit volume.

The term specific
volume is used for volume divided by mass. This is the reciprocal
of the mass
density, expressed in units such as cubic meters per kilogram
(m³·kg-1).

## Volume formula derivation

## See also

## External links

volume in Afrikaans: Volume

volume in Bulgarian: Обем

volume in Catalan: Volum

volume in Czech: Objem

volume in Danish: Rumfang

volume in German: Volumen

volume in Modern Greek (1453-): Όγκος

volume in Spanish: Unidades de volumen

volume in Esperanto: Volumeno

volume in Basque: Bolumen (espazioa)

volume in French: Volume

volume in Korean: 부피

volume in Croatian: Obujam

volume in Indonesian: Volume

volume in Italian: Volume

volume in Hebrew: נפח

volume in Luxembourgish: Volumen

volume in Lithuanian: Tūris

volume in Hungarian: Térfogat

volume in Macedonian: Волумен

volume in Malay (macrolanguage): Isi padu

volume in Dutch: Inhoud

volume in Japanese: 体積

volume in Norwegian: Volum

volume in Norwegian Nynorsk: Volum

volume in Polish: Objętość (matematyka)

volume in Portuguese: Volume

volume in Romanian: Volum

volume in Quechua: P'ulin

volume in Russian: Объём

volume in Simple English: Volume

volume in Slovak: Objem

volume in Slovenian: Prostornina

volume in Finnish: Tilavuus

volume in Swedish: Volym (geometri)

volume in Tamil: கனவளவு

volume in Vietnamese: Thể tích

volume in Turkish: Hacim

volume in Ukrainian: Об'єм

volume in Chinese: 体积

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