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.

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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

  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. David Kotok:

    We are in more volatile times.

  2. Mary Barra:

    It's going to be very volatile.

  3. Jeff Tjornehoj:

    The market just looks too volatile.

  4. Greg McBride:

    This is going to be a very volatile year.

  5. Phil Orlando:

    We've got a very volatile summer coming up.

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