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Definitions of volatile

  1. liable to lead to sudden change or violence; "an explosive issue"; "a volatile situation with troops and rioters eager for a confrontation" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. marked by erratic changeableness in affections or attachments; "fickle friends"; "a flirt's volatile affections" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. (chemistry) evaporating readily at normal temperatures and pressures; "volatile oils"; "volatile solvents" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. a volatile substance; a substance that changes readily from solid or liquid to a vapor; "it was heated to evaporate the volatiles" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. tending to vary often or widely; "volatile stocks"; "volatile emotions" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  6. evaporating readily at normal temperatures and pressures; "volatile oils"; "volatile solvents" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  7. Passing through the air on wings, or by the buoyant force of the atmosphere; flying; having the power to fly. Webster Dictionary DB
  8. Capable of wasting away, or of easily passing into the aeriform state; subject to evaporation. Webster Dictionary DB
  9. Fig.: Light-hearted; easily affected by circumstances; airy; lively; hence, changeable; fickle; as, a volatile temper. Webster Dictionary DB
  10. A winged animal; wild fowl; game. Webster Dictionary DB
  11. Easily evaporating or changing into vapor; as, ether is a volatile liquid; hence, lighthearted; lively; quickly adaptable; also changeable; fickle. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  12. Volatileness. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  13. Not permanent, evaporating spontaneously. A practical medical dictionary. By Stedman, Thomas Lathrop. Published 1920.
  14. Having highly evaporative qualities. Warner's pocket medical dictionary of today. By William R. Warner. Published 1898.
  15. Apt to waste away or fly off by evaporation: flighty: apt to change. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  16. Evaporating quickly; flighty; airy; fickle. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  17. Volatility. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  18. Evaporating readily. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  19. Easily influenced; fickle; changeable; transient. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  20. Having the power to fly; capable of wasting away; easily passing into the acriform state; evaporating readily; lively; gay; full or spirit; fickle; apt to change. Volatile alkali, ammonia. Volatile salt carbonate of ammonia. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  21. Capable of easily passing into the aeriform state, as hartshorn, musk, &c.; full of spirit; airy; fickle. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  22. Unstable and capable of a high to low variation. thelawdictionary.org
  23. Evaporating rapidly, as v. salts, v. ( = ESSENTIAL) oil; (fig.) lively, gay, changeable, as v. wit, writer, disposition. Hence or cogn. volatileness, volatility, nn. [old French] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  24. Tending to evaporate rapidly. American pocket medical dictionary.
  25. Fleeting; tending to assume the state of vapor. [Lat.] Appleton's medical dictionary.
  26. [L.] Wasting away on exposure to the atmosphere. Glossary of terms and phrases - Percy

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