What does volatile mean?

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ˈvɒl ə tl, -tɪl; esp. Brit. -ˌtaɪlvolatile

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. volatileadjective

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

    "it was heated to evaporate the volatiles"

  2. volatileadjective

    evaporating readily at normal temperatures and pressures

    "volatile oils"; "volatile solvents"

  3. explosive, volatileadjective

    liable to lead to sudden change or violence

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

  4. fickle, volatileadjective

    marked by erratic changeableness in affections or attachments

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

  5. volatileadjective

    tending to vary often or widely

    "volatile stocks"; "volatile emotions"


  1. volatileadjective

    evaporating or vaporizing readily under normal conditions.

  2. volatileadjective


  3. volatileadjective

    variable or erratic.

  4. volatileadjective


  5. volatileadjective

    temporary or ephemeral.

  6. volatileadjective

    potentially violent.

  7. volatileadjective

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

  8. volatileadjective

    whose content is lost when the computer is powered down


  1. volatile

    Volatile generally refers to something that is unstable, highly changeable, or unpredictable. It can describe substances that easily evaporate or vaporize, causing them to quickly change from a solid or liquid state to a gas. In the context of computer hardware and software, volatile can refer to the temporary or volatile memory which retains data only as long as the computer or device is powered on. Additionally, volatile can describe a situation or condition that is easily affected by external factors and can vary rapidly.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Volatileadjective

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

  2. Volatileadjective

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

  3. Volatileadjective

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

  4. Volatilenoun

    a winged animal; wild fowl; game

  5. Etymology: [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.

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  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

Examples of volatile in a Sentence

  1. Bill Craddock:

    I’m entering my 51st year of trading and the market is as volatile as I ever remember, to try and make money from it, you have to stand your ground, and be right, or get killed.

  2. Ken Polcari:

    Empire State (data) was horrendous compared to what the expectations were, but Empire State is also a very regional number and a very volatile number, they are all looking to Wednesday's FOMC meeting minutes and what it is going to mean, what are they going to say.

  3. Adrian Mastracci:

    We had quite a shakeout yesterday, and it's all green today, it's going to be volatile this year, from one day to another, from one month to another.

  4. Joe Morrissette:

    Never after 25 years of working on the state budget have I been through a more volatile period of tremendous and multi-faceted changes.

  5. Edmund Shing:

    I feel relatively confident that we have seen the bottom of the oil price. In such a scenario, high-beta (more volatile) plays like smaller oil explorers and service companies are the first to benefit, at these levels, they also become attractive M&A (takeover) targets as it may be cheaper for big companies to buy exploration firms than find new reserves. If oil prices gain, big players will become more confident, accumulate cash, cut capex and look for cheaper reserves.

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