Definitions for volatileˈvɒl ə tl, -tɪl; esp. Brit. -ˌtaɪl

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

vol•a•tileˈvɒl ə tl, -tɪl; esp. Brit. -ˌtaɪl(adj.)

  1. evaporating rapidly; passing off readily in the form of vapor:

    Acetone is a volatile solvent.

    Category: Chemistry

  2. tending or threatening to break out into open violence; explosive:

    a volatile political situation.

  3. characterized by or liable to sharp or sudden changes; unstable:

    a volatile stock market.

  4. changeable, as in mood or temper; mercurial; flighty.

  5. fleeting; transient.

  6. (of computer storage) not retaining data when electrical power is turned off.

    Category: Computers

  7. Archaic. flying or able to fly.

  8. (n.)a volatile substance, as a gas or solvent.

    Category: Common Vocabulary, Chemistry

Origin of volatile:

1250–1300; ME < L volātilis able to fly =volā(re) to fly +-tilis -tile

vol`a•til′i•ty-ˈtɪl ɪ ti(n.)vol′a•tile•ness

Princeton's WordNet

  1. volatile(adj)

    a volatile substance; a substance that changes readily from solid or liquid to a vapor

    "it was heated to evaporate the volatiles"

  2. volatile(adj)

    evaporating readily at normal temperatures and pressures

    "volatile oils"; "volatile solvents"

  3. explosive, volatile(adj)

    liable to lead to sudden change or violence

    "an explosive issue"; "a volatile situation with troops and rioters eager for a confrontation"

  4. fickle, volatile(adj)

    marked by erratic changeableness in affections or attachments

    "fickle friends"; "a flirt's volatile affections"

  5. volatile(adj)

    tending to vary often or widely

    "volatile stocks"; "volatile emotions"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. volatile(adjective)ˈvɒl ə tl, -tɪl; esp. Brit. -ˌtaɪl

    likely to suddenly change, especially to anger or violence

    Theirs was a volatile relationship.; a region of the country that is politically volatile


  1. volatile(Adjective)

    evaporating or vaporizing readily under normal conditions.

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  3. volatile(Adjective)

    variable or erratic.

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  5. volatile(Adjective)

    temporary or ephemeral.

  6. volatile(Adjective)

    potentially violent.

  7. volatile(Adjective)

    having its associated memory immediately updated with any changes in value.

  8. volatile(Adjective)

    whose content is lost when the computer is powered down

Webster Dictionary

  1. Volatile(adj)

    passing through the air on wings, or by the buoyant force of the atmosphere; flying; having the power to fly

  2. Volatile(adj)

    capable of wasting away, or of easily passing into the aeriform state; subject to evaporation

  3. Volatile(adj)

    fig.: Light-hearted; easily affected by circumstances; airy; lively; hence, changeable; fickle; as, a volatile temper

  4. Volatile(noun)

    a winged animal; wild fowl; game


  1. Volatile

    Volatile is the second studio album from The Lime Spiders, released in 1988 through Virgin Records on vinyl.

Translations for volatile

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a bird, especially domestic, eg hens, ducks, geese etc

He keeps fowls and a few pigs.

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