Webster 1913 Edition
[F., from L.
volumena roll of writing, a book, volume, from
volutum, to roll. See
A roll; a scroll; a written document rolled up for keeping or for use, after the manner of the ancients.
The papyrus, and afterward the parchment, was joined together [by the ancients] to form one sheet, and then rolled upon a staff into a
Hence, a collection of printed sheets bound together, whether containing a single work, or a part of a work, or more than one work; a book; a tome; especially, that part of an extended work which is bound up together in one cover;
as, a work in four.
volumeof a set of books bears not the value of its proportion to the set.
Anything of a rounded or swelling form resembling a roll; a turn; a convolution; a coil.
So glides some trodden serpent on the grass,
And long behind wounded
And long behind wounded
Undulating billows rolling their silver
Dimensions; compass; space occupied, as measured by cubic units, that is, cubic inches, feet, yards, etc.; mass; bulk;
volumeof an elephant’s body; a
Amount, fullness, quantity, or caliber of voice or tone.
the ratio of the atomic and molecular weights divided respectively by the specific gravity of the substance in question.–
(Physics & Chem.),
the quotient obtained by dividing unity by the specific gravity; the reciprocal of the specific gravity. It is equal (when the specific gravity is referred to water at 4° C. as a standard) to the number of cubic centimeters occupied by one gram of the substance.
Webster 1828 Edition
1.Primarily a roll, as the ancients wrote on long strips of bark, parchment or other material, which they formed into rolls or folds. Of such volumes, Ptolemy's library in Alexandria contained 3 or 700,000.
2.A roll or turn; as much as is included in a roll or coil; as the volume of a serpent.
3.Dimensions; compass; space occupied; as the volume of an elephant's body; a volume of gas.
4.A swelling or spherical body.
The undulating billows rolling their silver volumes.
5.A book; a collection of sheets of paper, usually printed or written paper, folded and bound, or covered. A book consisting of sheets once folded, is called a folio, or a folio volume; of sheets twice folded, a quarto; and thus according to the number of leaves in a sheet, it is called an octavo, or a duodecimo. The Scriptures or sacred writings, bound in a single volume, are called the Bible. The number of volumes in the Royal Library, in rue de Richlieu, at Paris, is variously estimated. It is probable it may amount to 400,000.
An odd volume of a set of books, bears not the value of its proportion to the set.
6.In music, the compass of a voice from grave to acute; the tone or power of voice.