Volatile Definition

vŏlə-tl, -tīl
volatiles
adjective
Evaporating readily at normal temperatures and pressures.
American Heritage Medicine
Capable of being readily vaporized.
American Heritage Medicine
Vaporizing or evaporating quickly, as alcohol.
Webster's New World
Likely to shift quickly and unpredictably; unstable; explosive.
A volatile social condition.
Webster's New World
Tending to vary often or widely, as in price.
The ups and downs of volatile stocks.
American Heritage
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noun
Any flying creature.
Webster's New World
A volatile substance.
Webster's New World

Origin of Volatile

  • French from Old French from Latin volātilis flying from volātus past participle of volāre to fly

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin volātilis (“flying; swift; temporary; volatile"), from volō (“I fly").

    From Wiktionary

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