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  • adj. converted into a gas or vapor


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  • The frame of a looking-glass was blackened, and the gilding must have been volatilised, for a smelling-bottle, which stood on the chimney-piece, was coated with bright metallic particles, which adhered as firmly as if they had been enamelled.

    Journal of researches into the geology and natural history of the various countries visited by H.M.S. Beagle

  • But on this first day I discerned nothing, the warmth of my attention volatilised at once the little that I might otherwise have been able to extract from her, in which I should have found some indication of the name Guermantes.

    The Guermantes Way

  • My body is no longer firm and terrestrial; it is resolved into its constituent atoms, subtilised, volatilised.

    Journey to the Interior of the Earth

  • Mr. Rosales then tells his readers, what we all know must be the case, that the gold would be volatilised by the heat, as would be also the other metals, which he says, were in the form of arseniurets and sulphurets; but he fails to explain how the sublimated metals afterwards reassumed their metallic form.

    Getting Gold: a practical treatise for prospectors, miners and students

  • Vast ridges and crests of incandescent vapour are upheaved by the action of internal heat, which exceeds in intensity the temperature at which the most refractory of terrestrial substances can be volatilised; and downrushes of the same photospheric matter take place after it has parted with some of its stores of thermal energy.

    The Astronomy of Milton's 'Paradise Lost'

  • The light petroleum, benzol, or other suitable volatile hydrocarbon is volatilised, where necessary, by the application of gentle heat, while air is driven over or through it by means of a small motor, which in some cases is a hot-air engine operated by heat supplied by a flame of the air-gas produced.

    Acetylene, the Principles of Its Generation and Use

  • The process is of course carried out in a vessel provided with any means for gentle stirring and heating, and with an outlet for carrying off the volatilised solvent which is entirely recovered by condensation, the grains parting with the acetone with ease.

    Researches on Cellulose 1895-1900

  • A considerable loss of material invariably occurs during the process; for whenever the thin rod separates into two bits the process of flame-drawing of threads goes on, and entails a certain waste; moreover, the quartz in fine filaments is probably partially volatilised.

    On Laboratory Arts

  • A small quantity carefully heated in a tube, closed at one end, can even be completely volatilised without apparent decomposition.

    Nitro-Explosives: A Practical Treatise

  • The night air was keen and sharp, but perfectly calm, and I felt myself awakened to the highest degree, almost as if my senses were volatilised by the still and ice-cold air.

    The Man-Wolf and Other Tales


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