volatile[väl′ə təl; chiefly Brit, -tīl′]
- The definition of volatile is tending to become violent or something that is rapidly evaporating.
- An example of volatile is a young man who often gets into fist fights.
- An example of volatile is the quality of the substance acetone.
- Volatile is defined as a substance that quickly evaporates.
An example of volatile is acetone.
This man looks like a very volatile person.
- Obsolete flying or able to fly; volitant
- vaporizing or evaporating quickly, as alcohol
- likely to shift quickly and unpredictably; unstable; explosive: a volatile social condition
- moving capriciously from one idea, interest, etc. to another; fickle
- not lasting long; fleeting
- Comput. designating or of memory that does not retain stored data when the power supply is disconnected
Origin of volatileMiddle French ; from Classical Latin volatilis ; from volare, to fly
- any flying creature
- a volatile substance
- Chemistry a. Evaporating readily at normal temperatures and pressures.b. Capable of being readily vaporized.
- a. Tending to vary often or widely, as in price: the ups and downs of volatile stocks.b. Inconstant; fickle: a flirt's volatile affections.c. Lighthearted; flighty: in a volatile mood.d. Ephemeral; fleeting.
- Tending to violence; explosive: a volatile situation with troops and rioters eager for a confrontation.
- Flying or capable of flying; volant.
- Computers Of or relating to memory whose data is erased when the memory's power is interrupted.
Origin of volatileFrench, from Old French, from Latin volātilis, flying, from volātus, past participle of volāre, to fly.
- vol′a·til′i·ty , vol′a·tile·ness
(comparative more volatile, superlative most volatile)
- (physics) evaporating or vaporizing readily under normal conditions.
- (of a substance, informal) explosive.
- (of a price etc) variable or erratic.
- (of a person) quick to become angry or violent.
- temporary or ephemeral.
- (of a situation) potentially violent.
- (computing, of a variable) having its associated memory immediately updated with any changes in value.
- (computing, of memory) whose content is lost when the computer is powered down
From Latin volātilis (“flying; swift; temporary; volatile”), from volō (“I fly”).