from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To become or make volatile.
  • transitive v. To evaporate or cause to evaporate.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. to be or become volatile
  • v. to evaporate or sublime

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To render volatile; to cause to exhale or evaporate; to cause to pass off in vapor.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To cause to exhale or evaporate; cause to pass off or be diffused in vapor or invisible effluvia.
  • To become volatile; pass off or be diffused in the form of vapor.
  • Also spelled volatilise.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

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


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