American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Chemistry Evaporating readily at normal temperatures and pressures.
- adj. Chemistry That can be readily vaporized.
- adj. Tending to vary often or widely, as in price: the ups and downs of volatile stocks.
- adj. Inconstant; fickle: a flirt's volatile affections.
- adj. Lighthearted; flighty: in a volatile mood.
- adj. Ephemeral; fleeting.
- adj. Tending to violence; explosive: a volatile situation with troops and rioters eager for a confrontation.
- adj. Flying or capable of flying; volant.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Having the power of being readily converted into gas or vapor. Sometimes applied, in chemistry, to those constituents, or that portion, of a substance which is driven off by heating at a specified temperature.
- Flying, or able to fly; having the power of flight; volant; volitant.
- Having the quality of taking flight or passing off by spontaneous evaporation; evaporating rapidly; becoming diffused more or less freely in the atmosphere.
- Lively; brisk; gay; full of spirit; airy; hence, fickle; apt to change: as, a volatile disposition.
- Transient; not permanent; not lasting.
- n. A winged creature, as a bird or butterfly.
- n. Wild fowl collectively.
- adj. physics evaporating or vaporizing readily under normal conditions.
- adj. of a substance, informal explosive.
- adj. of a price, etc. variable or erratic.
- adj. of a person quick to become angry or violent.
- adj. fickle.
- adj. temporary or ephemeral.
- adj. of a situation potentially violent.
- adj. computing, of a variable having its associated memory immediately updated with any changes in value.
- adj. computing whose content is lost when the computer is powered down
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. obsolete Passing through the air on wings, or by the buoyant force of the atmosphere; flying; having the power to fly.
- adj. Capable of wasting away, or of easily passing into the aëriform state; subject to evaporation.
- adj. Fig.: Light-hearted; easily affected by circumstances; airy; lively; hence, changeable; fickle.
- n. obsolete A winged animal; wild fowl; game.
- adj. tending to vary often or widely
- adj. liable to lead to sudden change or violence
- adj. marked by erratic changeableness in affections or attachments
- n. a volatile substance; a substance that changes readily from solid or liquid to a vapor
- adj. evaporating readily at normal temperatures and pressures
- From Latin volātilis ("flying; swift; temporary; volatile"), from volō ("I fly"). (Wiktionary)
- French, from Old French, from Latin volātilis, flying, from volātus, past participle of volāre, to fly. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“She also called on the U.S. and NATO to ensure they take all necessary precautions in what she described as a volatile and complex situation.”
“Botswana on Thursday expressed concern at what it described as a volatile political situation in Zimbabwe.”
“Jeffrey R. Immelt, G.E.'s chief executive, said that the company was pleased with the results, the sixth consecutive quarter of double digit growth in operating earnings, in what he called a "volatile macro environment.”
“Whirlpool said it expects the U.S. market to remain "volatile" in the months ahead as consumers respond to price promotions.”
“Many experts expect food prices to remain volatile in the coming years.”
“But as broader stocks remain volatile, and with yields from Treasury bills also near record lows, "investors feel that they're leaving less on the table.”
“Most paints and deck stains contain volatile-organic compounds, or VOCs, which include a variety of chemicals that may have adverse short - and long-term health effects.”
“That earnings become volatile is not much of an argument.”
“It boils water and vents the first vapor, which can contain volatile organic compounds.”
“The idea that a price of gold is volatile comes from a corrupt gold standard in which the supply of dollars and the supply of gold are independent.”
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