Adjective "voluminous" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


(of clothes) very loose or full; having much fabric.
  1. 'I matched his pace, though the voluminous skirts made it difficult.'
  2. 'Her back is to us as she faces a cardinal with voluminous robes and a malevolent expression.'
  3. 'Some Hawaiian women wear the muumuu, a voluminous dress originally designed by modest missionaries for Hawaiian women.'
  4. 'But in the nineteenth century women were difficult to save: their voluminous clothing was a dead weight in water, and modesty usually prevented their shedding their apparel, even when in danger of drowning.'
  5. 'Men often dressed in baggy black pants and colorful, wide-brimmed hats, while women wore voluminous black dresses, colorfully embroidered bodices, and lace bonnets.'
  6. 'She pulled her knees up to her chest and hugged her legs through the voluminous fabric of her skirts, closing her eyes and feeling resentment build.'
  7. 'Across the street, young girls stared transfixed at the voluminous white dresses in the bridal-shop windows.'
  8. 'You couldn't tell what they were like, for they were draped in voluminous layers of fabric-bright pinks and dark blues.'
  9. 'Though the voluminous skirts of yesteryear were out of fashion, a slight bloom of the skirts was acceptable if not encouraged.'
  10. 'I mean voluminous, fully-upholstered armchairs, so substantial they could almost double as a suite in their own right.'
(of writing) very lengthy and detailed.
  1. 'Verbatim notetakers can get by thinking I'll figure out what this means later, but later, you've got those horrendously voluminous notes to deal with.'
  2. 'That key person needs to listen intently, take voluminous notes, and collect all class handouts, texts, and tests.'
  3. 'The letter to Gevaerts cited above exemplifies the tenor of his voluminous correspondence, which is filled with references to an encyclopedic body of ancient texts.'
  4. 'His voluminous writings became scripture defining the party line and the correct view of history.'
  5. 'It also quotes extensively from his voluminous war notes - letters, journals, and personal reminiscences written during and shortly after the war.'
  6. 'The text is eminently readable and supported by detailed citations and a voluminous index.'
  7. 'An invariable theme at prayer meetings and in Gandhi's voluminous writings was the urgency to bring devotion in accord with conduct.'
  8. 'Inevitably, a selection of subjects from Augustine's voluminous writings reflects the particular interests and views of the author.'
  9. 'Hospital case notes are more voluminous than traditional British general practice paper records, which are normally maintained on small cards, named after the politician who introduced them more than 90 years ago.'
  10. 'This, and the voluminous correspondence that passed between the parties, demonstrated that it has more than adequately filled its statutory duties.'
  11. 'He was a voluminous letter writer and his letters are just the most splendid letters.'
  12. 'Epicurus was a voluminous writer, but almost none of his own work survives.'


1. forming, filling, or writing a large volume or many volumes: a voluminous edition.

2. sufficient to fill a volume or volumes: a voluminous correspondence.

3. of great volume, size, or extent: voluminous flow of lava.

4. of ample size, extent, or fullness: voluminous petticoats.

5. having many coils, convolutions, or windings.

More examples(as adjective)

"sleeves can be voluminous."

"papers can be voluminous."

"literatures can be voluminous."

"correspondences can be voluminous."

"skirts can be voluminous."

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Early 17th century: partly from late Latin voluminosus ‘having many coils’, partly from Latin volumen, volumin- (see volume).