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Speak volumes

Definitions

  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Speak volumes to mean much, to be very significant
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Quotations

  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “It speaks volumes for a person that when placed in quite different situations, they display the same spirit of moderation.”
  • Scott Sheddan
    Scott Sheddan
    “Sometimes a whisper speaks volumes.”

Idioms

Speak volumes - If something speaks volumes, it tells us a lot about the real nature of something or someone,even though it may only be a small detail.
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. volumen, a roll—volvĕre, volutum, to roll.

Usage

In literature:

We do not read a page of this volume without feeling that a supreme master of that exquisite art is speaking to us.
"The International Monthly, Volume 2, No. 4, March, 1851" by Various
These were issued in volume form in 1837, and took by storm the English-speaking world.
"The Tribune of Nova Scotia" by W. L. (William Lawson) Grant
This silence speaks volumes.
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, Volume 03" by Various
This simple fact speaks volumes as to the purity of His life.
"Autobiography of Frank G. Allen, Minister of the Gospel" by Frank G. Allen
This speaks volumes for his abilities as a mariner.
"A Pirate of Parts" by Richard Neville
This chivalrous and graceful synonym for courtship in itself speaks volumes for the serious nature of the risk which he runs.
"Modern Women and What is Said of Them" by Anonymous
This fact speaks volumes, and needs no comment.
"Select Temperance Tracts" by American Tract Society
We shall speak only incidentally of London; to describe such a mammoth city even superficially would require an entire volume.
"Foot-prints of Travel" by Maturin M. Ballou
These last words speak volumes.
"The Life of Napoleon Bonaparte" by William Milligan Sloane
There is the insurance method: space will not permit of discussion in this paper, but one fact which speaks volumes may be alluded to.
"The Hills and the Vale" by Richard Jefferies
Alas, "The Canoe Speaks" is now out of date; it will figure in my volume of verses now imminent.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 24 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
The volume resistivity of alloys is, generally speaking, much higher than that of pure metals.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 6, Slice 8" by Various
This little fact seems to speak volumes, and to help materially towards establishing the questions of fraud and connivance.
"Witch Stories" by E. Lynn (Elizabeth Lynn) Linton
That gift speaks to me volumes.
"Wilson's Tales of the Borders and of Scotland, Volume I" by Various
What volumes do blossoms ever speak to us!
"A Flight in Spring" by J. Harris Knowles
The closing sentence on his monument at Washington speaks volumes.
"Sages and Heroes of the American Revolution" by L. Carroll Judson
One has never heard his name before in the whole course of one's life, which speaks volumes for a man nowadays.
"Miscellaneous Aphorisms; The Soul of Man" by Oscar Wilde
Don't you see, too, that this one fact speaks volumes?
"Problematic Characters" by Friedrich Spielhagen
These trials speak volumes as to the state of feeling and opinion among the vulgar with regard to human liberty.
"On Liberty" by John Stuart Mill
If the French shoulder is expressive, the English eye-brow, feminine, speaks volumes.
"Parlous Times" by David Dwight Wells
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In poetry:

ODORA SPEAKS.--It is a happy story. In my father's room
Of precious volumes late I fell on this;
And read it in this garden; sweet romance,
It brought the love-beats to my heart, drops to mine eyes.
"The Lover" by James Avis Bartley
Proud word you never spoke, but you will speak
Four not exempt from pride some future day.
Resting on one white hand a warm wet cheek
Over my open volume you will say,
'This man loved me!' then rise and trip away.
"Ianthe" by Walter Savage Landor
Proud word you never spoke, but you will speak
Four not exempt from pride some future day.
Resting on one white hand a warm wet cheek,
Over my open volume you will say,
'This man loved me'—then rise and trip away.
"Proud Word You Never Spoke" by Walter Savage Landor

In news:

Anonymous comments of graduating high school seniors, parents, speak volumes about their -- mostly -- loving, respectful relationships.
Beauty, expressiveness of 'The Artist' speak volumes .
After a quiet start, Von Miller's attitude and talent speak volumes .
Yes, the county's actions related to NStar speak volumes .
Small crowds speak volumes of Astros' decline.
AMR Results Speak Volumes .
The DoD may be terse, but the numbers speak volumes.
Six-word statements speak volumes about views on ethnicity .
That we even cared about it speaks volumes.
Stats, record speak volumes for Sumrall legacy in Mississippi record books.
That Madonna is one of the most sought-after college commencement speakers this year by parents and their graduating children (front page, May 27) speaks volumes about society and higher education.
His play, though, speaks volumes for the fourth-ranked Gators.
McCoy's 100-Yard Day Speaks Volumes.
Our leaders' unwillingness to speak out publicly on behalf of Richmond creatives says volumes.
Bloomberg's Mike McKee discusses the lack of volume in US markets and how global markets are basically in a holding pattern, waiting for Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke to speak later this month in Jackson Hole, Wy.
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In science:

This seemingly simple example speaks volumes about the process of making recommendations.
A Connection-Centric Survey of Recommender Systems Research
Here, strictly speaking, we have to add also a reference to the Liouville theorem: The volume in the phase space which is occupied by the ensemble does not change in time as the mechanical system evolves.
Geometry of irreversibility: The film of nonequilibrium states
In the k=0, spatially non-compact context considered here, one must introduce a finite cell to speak of volume.
Robustness of key features of loop quantum cosmology
Strictly speaking, the derivatives here should instead be understood as difference quotients because we are using a finite-volume version of the Fourier transform; but for convenience we write it a derivatives.
Soft random solids and their heterogeneous elasticity
The result is the diffraction bγ, which is a positive measure (by the Bochner-Schwartz theorem ) that describes, loosely speaking, how much intensity is scattered into any given volume of space; see [10, 18] for more.
Random point sets and their diffraction
Roughly speaking, the statement is that the number of degrees of freedom in the universe don’t scale as the volume of the universe, but only as its surface area. A precise version of this hypothesis, the Covariant Entropy Bound (CEB), has been formulated by Bousso .
Experimental Tests of the Holographic Entropy Bound
Strictly speaking, there is no spontaneous symmetry breaking in finite volume.
Spontaneous symmetry breaking in strong and electroweak interactions
In this context, one may speak of an “eternally self-reproducing inflationary universe”, since each region where inflation does set in immediately produces a volume large enough to fit our own Hubble bubble, and continuous quantum jumps ensure that there are always regions left in which φ still exceeds φ∗ .
Primordial Fluctuations in String Cosmology
Under this constraint, in order to get a procedure with good power properties (that is, low type II error), it is, generally speaking, desirable that R rejects as many nulls as possible, that is, has volume Λ(R) as large as possible.
Testing over a continuum of null hypotheses with False Discovery Rate control
Strictly speaking, smoothed over the small volume of the LG.
Local Group Velocity Versus Gravity: Nonlinear Effects
In aerogel in volumes with a size > ξ0 one can speak of a “local transition temperature” which is different for different pro jection of angular momentum.
Order parameter of A-like phase of $^3$He in aerogel
Roughly speaking, these parameteres correspond to the volumes of the 2 2-cycles which can be blown up.
Baryonic symmetries in AdS_4/CFT_3: an overview
Roughly speaking, the integral includes a penalty for more complex models, as the probability mass over parameters is spread over a larger volume.
A frequentist two-sample test based on Bayesian model selection
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