**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.]

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**).
*Encyc. Brit.*

**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**.

An odd **volume** of a set of books bears not the value of its proportion to the set.
*Franklin.*

**4.**

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 **volume** trails.
*Dryden.*

Undulating billows rolling their silver **volumes**.
*W. Irving.*

**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.

**5.** Mus.

Amount, fullness, quantity, or caliber of voice or tone.

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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