Volume

Vol"ume

(?), n. [F., from L. volumen a roll of writing, a book, volume, from volvere, volutum, to roll. See Voluble.] 1. A roll; a scroll; a written document rolled up for keeping or for use, after the manner of the ancients. [Obs.]
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The papyrus, and afterward the parchment, was joined together [by the ancients] to form one sheet, and then rolled upon a staff into a volume (volumen).
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2. 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 volumes.
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An odd volume of a set of books bears not the value of its proportion to the set.
Franklin.
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4. Anything of a rounded or swelling form resembling a roll; a turn; a convolution; a coil.
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So glides some trodden serpent on the grass,
And long behind wounded volume trails.
Dryden.
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Undulating billows rolling their silver volumes.
W. Irving.
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4. Dimensions; compass; space occupied, as measured by cubic units, that is, cubic inches, feet, yards, etc.; mass; bulk; as, the volume of an elephant's body; a volume of gas.
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5. (Mus.) Amount, fullness, quantity, or caliber of voice or tone.
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Atomic volume, Molecular volume (Chem.), the ratio of the atomic and molecular weights divided respectively by the specific gravity of the substance in question. -- Specific volume (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.
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