- 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.
volatile definition by Webster's New World
- 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: Middle French ; from Classical Latin volatilis ; from volare, to fly
- any flying creature
- a volatile substance
volatile definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- Chemistry a. Evaporating readily at normal temperatures and pressures.b. That can be 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.
Origin: French, from Old French, from Latin volātilis, flying, from volātus, past participle of volāre, to fly.
- volˈa·tile noun
- volˌa·tilˈi·ty , volˈa·tile·ness noun
volatile - Business Definition
volatile - Computer Definition
With regard to computer memory, it means "temporary" and not "highly changeable," which is the usual meaning of the word. See volatile memory.
volatile - Investment & Finance Definition
volatile - Medical Definition
- Evaporating readily at normal temperatures and pressures.
- That can be readily vaporized.
- Tending to violence; explosive, as of behavior.
volatile - Science Definition