What does volatile mean?

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

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word volatile.

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"


  1. volatile(Adjective)

    evaporating or vaporizing readily under normal conditions.

  2. volatile(Adjective)


  3. volatile(Adjective)

    variable or erratic.

  4. volatile(Adjective)


  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

  5. Origin: [F. volatil, L. volatilis, fr. volare to fly, perhaps akin to velox swift, E. velocity. Cf. Volley.]


  1. Volatile

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

Editors Contribution

  1. volatile

    A chemical or compound that can change into a gas easily.

    Solvents and aerosols are a type of volatile liquid in some forms.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of volatile in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of volatile in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Morgan Stanley:

    With OPEC on the sidelines, oil prices face their greatest threat since 2009, but we expect a volatile 2015 rather than a one-way trade.

  2. Chief Actuary Jean-Claude Menard:

    The empirical evidence is telling us that stocks are one of the most volatile investments. The less volatile are money market instruments, but at the same the returns are very low.

  3. Emad Mostaque:

    It seems to me that the spending will continue in the Gulf...There are plenty of stocks in the Gulf and neighbouring regions offering huge dividend returns that will likely be the stars of next year in (hopefully) a less volatile manner.

  4. Brian King:

    There’s also some other ingredients that have been identified — things like volatile organic compounds as well as ultrafine particulates, including heavy metals, and so the contention that these products emit a harmless water vapor is simply not true.

  5. Abdullah Alawi:

    We are waiting, especially in Saudi Arabia, for the government budget for 2015 to see whether the government would maintain its current expenditure levels or if they would cut down significantly, we need a big event like that, otherwise we will remain volatile and negative.

Images & Illustrations of volatile

  1. volatilevolatilevolatile

Translations for volatile

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

Get even more translations for volatile »


Find a translation for the volatile definition in other languages:

Select another language:

Discuss these volatile definitions with the community:

Word of the Day

Would you like us to send you a FREE new word definition delivered to your inbox daily?

Please enter your email address:     


Use the citation below to add this definition to your bibliography:


"volatile." Definitions.net. STANDS4 LLC, 2017. Web. 24 Oct. 2017. <http://www.definitions.net/definition/volatile>.

Are we missing a good definition for volatile? Don't keep it to yourself...

Nearby & related entries:

Alternative searches for volatile:

Thanks for your vote! We truly appreciate your support.