1. 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 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)
(Science: physics) specific volume, 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 deg c. As a standard) to the number of cubic centimeters occupied by one gram of the substance.