February 10, 2016
voluminous (adjective)
\vuh-LOO-muh-nuss\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
1 a : having or marked by great bulk or volume : large b : having much material2 : filling or capable of filling a large volume or several large volumes
How do you use it?
"The next night I had to dine with Father. I had trouble sitting down at the table because Bertha had made me wear a fashionable gown, and my petticoat was voluminous." (Gail Carson Levine, _Ella Enchanted_)
Are you a word wiz?

Which one of these sentences do you think uses "voluminous" correctly?

It's B that speaks volumes. Nina's voice in A may have increased in volume when she performed her lines, but "stentorian" would be a better choice to describe it. Since "voluminous" is an adjective, the use of "voluminous" as a noun in C tells us that we can rule out that sentence. Not getting his own way in D won't make Sam large, but it might make him "cantankerous," that is, difficult or irritating to deal with. That leaves B, and the biographer's attempt to put the letters of the gifted but untidy composer in some kind of order.
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