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Area vs. Volume: Know the Difference

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By Shumaila Saeed || Published on January 22, 2024
Area is the measure of a flat surface, expressed in square units, while volume measures the space a 3D object occupies, expressed in cubic units.
Area vs. Volume

Key Differences

Area is a two-dimensional measurement representing the surface of a shape or object, calculated by multiplying length by width for rectangles, or using specific formulas for other shapes. Volume, however, measures the three-dimensional space an object occupies, calculated by length, width, and height for rectangular prisms, or using appropriate formulas for other 3D shapes.
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In geometry, the area is used to determine the size of flat surfaces like fields or floors. It is expressed in square units such as square meters. Volume, on the other hand, is key in determining how much space an object fills, crucial for containers or rooms, and is expressed in cubic units like cubic meters.
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The area is central in tasks like carpeting or painting, where coverage of a surface is essential. Volume becomes crucial in contexts like filling a pool or container, where the capacity is the focus.
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Understanding the difference between area and volume is fundamental in fields like architecture, physics, and everyday tasks, from packaging to interior design. While the area gives a sense of the extent of a surface, volume provides an understanding of the space an object encompasses.
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Comparison Chart

Dimensionality

Two-dimensional
Three-dimensional
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Measurement Units

Square units (e.g., m²)
Cubic units (e.g., m³)
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Used For

Measuring surfaces
Measuring space inside objects
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Typical Contexts

Flooring, painting walls
Filling containers, pools
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Mathematical Formulas

Simpler (e.g., length × width)
More complex (e.g., length × width × height)
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Area and Volume Definitions

Area

Scope or extent of a subject or activity.
Her research covers a wide area of biology.
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Volume

The degree of loudness or intensity of sound.
She adjusted the volume on her headphones.
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Area

The extent of a surface or piece of land.
The area of the park is 500 square meters.
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Volume

The quantity or amount of something.
The volume of work this month has increased.
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Area

A specific region or part of a space.
The play area is separated from the dining area.
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Volume

A collection of written or printed sheets bound together; a book.
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Area

A part of a structure or body with a specific function.
The kitchen is my favorite area of the house.
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Volume

One of the books of a work printed and bound in more than one book.
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Area

A roughly bounded part of the space on a surface; a region:a farming area; the New York area.
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Volume

A series of issues of a periodical, usually covering one calendar year.
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Area

A surface, especially an open, unoccupied piece of ground:a landing area; a playing area.
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Volume

A unit of written material assembled together and cataloged in a library.
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Area

A distinct part or section, as of a building, set aside for a specific function:a storage area in the basement.
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Volume

A roll of parchment; a scroll.
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Area

A division of experience, activity, or knowledge; a field:studies in the area of finance; a job in the health-care area.
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Volume

The amount of space occupied by a three-dimensional object or region of space, expressed in cubic units.
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Area

An open, sunken space next to a building; an areaway.
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Volume

The capacity of such a region or of a specified container, expressed in cubic units.
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Area

Abbr. AThe extent of a planar region or of the surface of a solid measured in square units.
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Volume

Amount; quantity:a low volume of business; a considerable volume of lumber.
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Area

(mathematics) A measure of the extent of a surface; it is measured in square units.
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Volume

OftenvolumesA large amount:volumes of praise.
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Area

A particular geographic region.
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Volume

The amplitude or loudness of a sound.
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Area

Any particular extent of surface, especially an empty or unused extent.
The photo is a little dark in that area.
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Volume

A control, as on a radio, for adjusting amplitude or loudness.
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Area

The extent, scope, or range of an object or concept.
The plans are a bit vague in that area.
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Volume

A three-dimensional measure of space that comprises a length, a width and a height. It is measured in units of cubic centimeters in metric, cubic inches or cubic feet in English measurement.
The room is 9x12x8, so its volume is 864 cubic feet.
The proper products can improve your hair's volume.
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Area

(British) An open space, below ground level, giving access to the basement of a house, and typically separated from the pavement by railings.
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Volume

Strength of sound; loudness.
Please turn down the volume on the stereo.
Volume can be measured in decibels.
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Area

(soccer) Penalty box; penalty area.
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Volume

The issues of a periodical over a period of one year.
I looked at this week's copy of the magazine. It was volume 23, issue 45.
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Area

(slang) Genitals.
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Volume

A bound book.
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Area

Any plane surface, as of the floor of a room or church, or of the ground within an inclosure; an open space in a building.
The Alban lake . . . looks like the area of some vast amphitheater.
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Volume

A single book of a publication issued in multi-book format, such as an encyclopedia.
The letter "G" was found in volume 4.
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Area

The inclosed space on which a building stands.
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Volume

A great amount (of meaning) about something.
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Area

The sunken space or court, giving ingress and affording light to the basement of a building.
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Volume

(obsolete) A roll or scroll, which was the form of ancient books.
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Area

An extent of surface; a tract of the earth's surface; a region; as, vast uncultivated areas.
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Volume

Quantity.
The volume of ticket sales decreased this week.
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Area

The superficial contents of any figure; the surface included within any given lines; superficial extent; as, the area of a square or a triangle.
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Volume

A rounded mass or convolution.
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Area

A spot or small marked space; as, the germinative area.
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Volume

(economics) The total supply of money in circulation or, less frequently, total amount of credit extended, within a specified national market or worldwide.
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Area

Extent; scope; range; as, a wide area of thought.
The largest area of human history and man's common nature.
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Volume

(computing) An accessible storage area with a single file system, typically resident on a single partition of a hard disk.
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Area

A particular geographical region of indefinite boundary (usually serving some special purpose or distinguished by its people or culture or geography);
It was a mountainous area
Bible country
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Volume

(bodybuilding) The total of weight worked by a muscle in one training session, the weight of every single repetition summed up.
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Area

A particular environment or walk of life;
His social sphere is limited
It was a closed area of employment
He's out of my orbit
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Volume

(intransitive) To be conveyed through the air, waft.
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Area

A subject of study;
It was his area of specialization
Areas of interest include...
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Volume

(transitive) To cause to move through the air, waft.
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Area

A part of a structure having some specific characteristic or function;
The spacious cooking area provided plenty of room for servants
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Volume

(intransitive) To swell.
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Area

A part of an animal that has a special function or is supplied by a given artery or nerve;
In the abdominal region
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Volume

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).
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Area

The extent of a 2-dimensional surface enclosed within a boundary;
The area of a rectangle
It was about 500 square feet in area
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Volume

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.
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Area

The amount of space covered by a two-dimensional shape.
We calculated the area of the triangle for our math project.
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Volume

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.
Undulating billows rolling their silver volumes.
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Volume

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.
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Volume

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

The amount of 3-dimensional space occupied by an object;
The gas expanded to twice its original volume
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Volume

The property of something that is great in magnitude;
It is cheaper to buy it in bulk
He received a mass of correspondence
The volume of exports
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Volume

Physical objects consisting of a number of pages bound together;
He used a large book as a doorstop
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Volume

A publication that is one of a set of several similar publications;
The third volume was missing
He asked for the 1989 volume of the Annual Review
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Volume

A relative amount;
Mix one volume of the solution with ten volumes of water
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Volume

The magnitude of sound (usually in a specified direction);
The kids played their music at full volume
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Volume

The amount of space that an object or substance occupies.
The volume of the box is 3 cubic meters.
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Volume

A book forming part of a work or series.
I just finished reading volume two of the series.
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Volume

The capacity of a container or space.
The fuel tank has a volume of 50 liters.
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Repeatedly Asked Queries

What defines the area?

Area is defined as the measure of a flat surface.
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How is area calculated?

Area is calculated using length and width for rectangles, and specific formulas for other shapes.
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Is area always a positive value?

Yes, area measurements are always positive.
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What is volume?

Volume is the measure of space a 3D object occupies.
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How do you calculate volume?

Volume is calculated by multiplying length, width, and height for simple shapes, or using specific formulas for complex shapes.
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Is volume always a positive value?

Yes, volume is always positive.
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Can the area be applied to curved surfaces?

Yes, but it requires more complex calculations, like surface area of a sphere.
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Can volume be used for liquids?

Yes, volume is often used to measure the capacity of liquids.
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What units are used for area?

Square units, like square meters, are used for area.
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What units are used for volume?

Cubic units, such as cubic meters, are used for volume.
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How does area relate to perimeter?

Area measures the surface, while perimeter measures the boundary length.
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How does area differ in geometry and geography?

In geometry, it refers to surface measurement, while in geography, it refers to regions or parts of the Earth.
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Does the area have practical uses in daily life?

Yes, like determining the amount of paint needed for a wall.
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How do area and volume relate to mathematics?

They are fundamental concepts in geometry and calculus.
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Are there tools to measure area and volume?

Yes, various tools and software can measure area and volume.
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Can area apply to irregular shapes?

Yes, but it requires specific calculation methods or integration.
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Can the area be converted to volume?

Not directly, as they measure different properties.
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Is volume important in construction?

Yes, for calculating space usage and material quantity.
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Can volume change with temperature?

Yes, for substances like gases, volume can change with temperature.
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Does volume measure density?

No, but volume is used to calculate density.
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