(a) Consisting of many folds, coils, or convolutions.
But ended foul in many a scaly fold,Milton.
Voluminous and vast.
Over which dusky draperies are hanging, and voluminous curtains have long since fallen.De Quincey.
(b) Of great volume, or bulk; large. B. Jonson.
(c) Consisting of many volumes or books; as, the collections of Muratori are voluminous.
(d) Having written much, or produced many volumes; copious; diffuse; as, a voluminous writer.
Vo*lu"mi*nous*ly, adv. Vo*lu"mi*nous*ness, n.
(Vol"u*mist) n. One who writes a volume; an author. [Obs.] Milton.
(Vol"un*ta*ri*ly) adv. In a voluntary manner; of one's own will; spontaneously.
(Vol"un*ta*ri*ness), n. The quality or state of being voluntary; spontaneousness; specifically,
the quality or state of being free in the exercise of one's will.
(Vol"un*ta*ry) a. [L. voluntarius, fr. voluntas will, choice, from the root of velle to will, p.
pr. volens; akin to E. will: cf. F. volontaire, Of. also voluntaire. See Will, v. t., and cf. Benevolent,
1. Proceeding from the will; produced in or by an act of choice.
That sin or guilt pertains exclusively to voluntary action is the true principle of orthodoxy.N. W. Taylor.
2. Unconstrained by the interference of another; unimpelled by the influence of another; not prompted or
persuaded by another; done of his or its own accord; spontaneous; acting of one's self, or of itself; free.
Our voluntary service he requires.Milton.
She fell to lust a voluntary prey.Pope.
3. Done by design or intention; intentional; purposed; intended; not accidental; as, if a man kills another by
lopping a tree, it is not voluntary manslaughter.
4. (Physiol.) Of or pertaining to the will; subject to, or regulated by, the will; as, the voluntary motions
of an animal, such as the movements of the leg or arm (in distinction from involuntary motions, such as
the movements of the heart); the voluntary muscle fibers, which are the agents in voluntary motion.
5. Endowed with the power of willing; as, man is a voluntary agent.
God did not work as a necessary, but a voluntary, agent, intending beforehand, and decreeing with
himself, that which did outwardly proceed from him.Hooker.
6. (Law) Free; without compulsion; according to the will, consent, or agreement, of a party; without consideration; gratuitous; without
7. (Eccl.) Of or pertaining to voluntaryism; as, a voluntary church, in distinction from an established or
Voluntary affidavit or oath (Law), an affidavit or oath made in extrajudicial matter. - - Voluntary
conveyance (Law), a conveyance without valuable consideration. Voluntary escape (Law), the
escape of a prisoner by the express consent of the sheriff. Voluntary jurisdiction. (Eng. Eccl.