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Volume vs. Amplitude: Know the Difference

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Volume is the perceived loudness or intensity of a sound, while amplitude is the height of a wave, indicating the energy in a sound wave.
Volume vs. Amplitude

Key Differences

Volume is a term used to describe how loud or soft a sound is perceived, influenced by the sound's energy and the environment. Amplitude refers to the height of a sound wave, directly correlating with the wave's energy, but not solely determining perceived loudness.
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Volume is subjective and can vary based on the listener's perception and context, like a room's acoustics. Amplitude, in contrast, is a measurable, objective property of a wave, indicating its maximum displacement.
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In audio equipment, volume controls adjust the loudness of the sound output, affecting how we hear the sound. Amplitude, however, is a physical attribute of the sound wave itself, not directly altered by volume controls.
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Volume can be influenced by factors like distance from the sound source and ambient noise levels. Amplitude is a constant for a given sound wave, independent of environmental factors.
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When discussing music or speech, volume often refers to the overall loudness of the sound. Amplitude in this context would relate to the energy of individual sound waves, which contributes to the volume but is not the sole factor.
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Comparison Chart

Definition

Perceived loudness of sound
Height of a sound wave
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Measurement

Subjective, varies by perception
Objective, physical property
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Influence

Affected by environment and listener
Constant for a given wave
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Control

Adjusted via audio equipment
Not directly altered by volume controls
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Role in Sound

Overall loudness
Energy of individual waves
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Volume and Amplitude Definitions

Volume

Volume is used to describe the amount or quantity of something.
The volume of work increased during the holiday season.
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Amplitude

In mathematics, amplitude is the angular distance of a celestial object from the true east or west point.
Astronomers calculated the amplitude of the star's position.
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Volume

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

Amplitude is used to quantify the strength or intensity of a fluctuation.
The seismograph recorded the amplitude of the earthquake waves.
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Volume

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

Amplitude is the maximum extent of a vibration or oscillation.
The amplitude of the sound wave increased with the loudness of the music.
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Volume

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

Amplitude can describe the extent of a change or variation.
The amplitude of temperature changes throughout the day was significant.
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Volume

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

Greatness of size; magnitude.
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Volume

A roll of parchment; a scroll.
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Amplitude

Fullness; copiousness.
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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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Amplitude

Breadth or range, as of intelligence.
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Volume

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

(Astronomy) The angular distance along the horizon from true east or west to the intersection of the vertical circle of a celestial body with the horizon.
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Volume

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

(Physics) The maximum absolute value of a periodically varying quantity.
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Volume

OftenvolumesA large amount:volumes of praise.
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Amplitude

The maximum absolute value of a periodic curve measured along its vertical axis.
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Volume

The amplitude or loudness of a sound.
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Amplitude

The angle made with the positive horizontal axis by the vector representation of a complex number.
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Volume

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

(Electronics) The maximum absolute value reached by a voltage or current waveform.
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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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Amplitude

The measure of something's size, especially in terms of width or breadth; largeness, magnitude.
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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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Amplitude

(mathematics) The maximum absolute value of the vertical component of a curve or function, especially one that is periodic.
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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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Amplitude

(physics) The maximum absolute value of some quantity that varies.
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Volume

A bound book.
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Amplitude

(astronomy) The arc of the horizon between the true east or west point and the center of the sun, or a star, at its rising or setting. At the rising, the amplitude is eastern or ortive: at the setting, it is western, occiduous, or occasive. It is also northern or southern, when north or south of the equator.
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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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Amplitude

(astronomy) The arc of the horizon between the true east or west point and the foot of the vertical circle passing through any star or object.
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Volume

A great amount (of meaning) about something.
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Amplitude

(firearms) The horizontal line which measures the distance to which a projectile is thrown; the range.
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Volume

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

State of being ample; extent of surface or space; largeness of dimensions; size.
The cathedral of Lincoln . . . is a magnificent structure, proportionable to the amplitude of the diocese.
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Volume

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

Largeness, in a figurative sense; breadth; abundance; fullness.
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Volume

A rounded mass or convolution.
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Amplitude

The arc of the horizon between the true east or west point and the center of the sun, or a star, at its rising or setting. At the rising, the amplitude is eastern or ortive: at the setting, it is western, occiduous, or occasive. It is also northern or southern, when north or south of the equator.
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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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Amplitude

The horizontal line which measures the distance to which a projectile is thrown; the range.
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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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Amplitude

The extent of a movement measured from the starting point or position of equilibrium; - applied especially to vibratory movements.
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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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Amplitude

An angle upon which the value of some function depends; - a term used more especially in connection with elliptic functions.
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Volume

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

(physics) the maximum displacement of a periodic wave
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Volume

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

The property of copious abundance
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Volume

(intransitive) To swell.
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Amplitude

Greatness of magnitude
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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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Amplitude

In physics, amplitude refers to the height of a wave from the middle to the crest or trough.
The experiment measured the amplitude of light waves.
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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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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

Volume is the perceived loudness of a sound.
He turned up the volume on the TV as the dialogue was too quiet.
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Volume

Volume can refer to the amount of space occupied by a substance.
The volume of water in the tank was measured in gallons.
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Volume

In literature, volume denotes a book or a series of books.
She added the final volume of the series to her collection.
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Volume

In trading, volume refers to the quantity of shares traded.
The stock market reported a high trading volume today.
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Repeatedly Asked Queries

Is volume always related to sound?

In most contexts, yes, but it can also refer to physical space or quantity.
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What determines the volume of a sound?

Volume is determined by the sound's intensity and the listener's perception.
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Can volume vary in different environments?

Yes, volume can change based on acoustics and ambient noise.
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Does volume have a standard unit of measurement?

Volume in sound is often measured in decibels (dB).
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How do volume controls work on devices?

They adjust the loudness of the sound output.
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What exactly is amplitude in sound?

It's the height of a sound wave, indicating the wave's energy.
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Is amplitude always visible or measurable?

In waveforms, yes, it's a measurable attribute.
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Can amplitude affect the quality of sound?

Yes, higher amplitudes can mean more powerful sound waves.
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Can two sounds have the same volume but different amplitudes?

Yes, due to different sound frequencies and environmental factors.
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Does amplitude relate to brightness in light waves?

Yes, higher amplitude in light waves can mean brighter light.
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How does volume affect our hearing?

Excessively high volumes can cause hearing damage.
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Are amplitude and frequency the same?

No, frequency is the number of waves per second, amplitude is wave height.
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Can volume and amplitude be controlled separately?

In audio systems, they are often interrelated but have different control aspects.
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Can we feel the amplitude of sound waves?

At high enough levels, sound waves can be felt physically.
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Does amplitude change with distance?

The amplitude of a wave remains constant, but perception can change with distance.
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Is amplitude used in describing earthquakes?

Yes, it describes the strength of seismic waves.
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Is amplitude important in audio engineering?

Absolutely, as it affects sound intensity and quality.
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Can volume be used to measure liquid?

Yes, in a non-audio context, it measures the space a liquid occupies.
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Do all speakers produce the same volume range?

No, different speakers have varying maximum and minimum volume capabilities.
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Does the human ear perceive volume and amplitude differently?

Yes, our perception of loudness (volume) involves more than just amplitude.
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