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  • v. make volatile; cause to pass off in a vapor


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  • Fascinée, elle s'approche d'un grand menhir fendu ... et se volatilise.

    pinku-tk Diary Entry

  • Truth may also be compared in this respect to certain chemical stuffs which in themselves are gaseous, but which for official uses, as also for preservation or transmission, must be bound to a firm, palpable base, because they would otherwise volatilise.

    Essays of Schopenhauer

  • But still, wine constantly leads a man to the brink of absurdity and extravagance, and beyond a certain point it is sure to volatilise and to disperse the intellectual energies: whereas opium always seems to compose what had been agitated, and to concentrate what had been distracted.

    Confessions of an English Opium-Eater

  • The nitro compounds are mostly pale yellow liquids, which distil unchanged, and volatilise with water vapour, or colourless or pale yellow needles or prisms.

    Nitro-Explosives: A Practical Treatise

  • If the quantity be increased so that the temperature of the tube is materially reduced, no explosion will take place at once, but the substance will volatilise and then explode, though with much less violence than before, in the upper part of the tube.

    Nitro-Explosives: A Practical Treatise

  • Finally, if the amount of picric acid be still further increased under these conditions, it will undergo partial decomposition and volatilise, but will not even deflagrate.

    Nitro-Explosives: A Practical Treatise

  • A useful test of its purity is the fact that when subjected to a red-heat it should almost entirely volatilise, leaving very little residue.

    Manures and the principles of manuring

  • I shall show him presently, with fair luck, that my inelastic Saxon putty can transmute itself, can also volatilise in abandonment to sparkling nonsense; yet not tonight -- not tonight, monsieur.

    Old Junk

  • When I saw any external object, my consciousness that I was seeing it would remain between me and it, enclosing it in a slender, incorporeal outline which prevented me from ever coming directly in contact with the material form; for it would volatilise itself in some way before I could touch it, just as an incandescent body which is moved towards something wet never actually touches moisture, since it is always preceded, itself, by

    Swann's Way

  • The separation from large quantities of silica is best effected by evaporating with hydrofluoric acid, which volatilises the silicon; but sulphuric acid must be present, otherwise some titanium also will be lost, as may be seen from the following experiments, [77] in which oxide of titanium (pure, ignited) was evaporated to dryness with a quantity of hydrofluoric acid known by experiment to be sufficient to volatilise 1 gram of silica.

    A Text-book of Assaying: For the Use of Those Connected with Mines.


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