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Definitions of volatile

  1. 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
  2. A winged animal; wild fowl; game. Webster Dictionary DB
  3. Volatileness. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  4. Volatility. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  5. (chemistry) evaporating readily at normal temperatures and pressures; "volatile oils"; "volatile solvents" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  6. tending to vary often or widely; "volatile stocks"; "volatile emotions" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  7. evaporating readily at normal temperatures and pressures; "volatile oils"; "volatile solvents" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  8. Passing through the air on wings, or by the buoyant force of the atmosphere; flying; having the power to fly. Webster Dictionary DB
  9. Capable of wasting away, or of easily passing into the aeriform state; subject to evaporation. Webster Dictionary DB
  10. Fig.: Light-hearted; easily affected by circumstances; airy; lively; hence, changeable; fickle; as, a volatile temper. 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. 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.
  13. Evaporating quickly; flighty; airy; fickle. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  14. Easily influenced; fickle; changeable; transient. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.

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Usage examples for volatile

  1. She says in her postcript, 'Be sure you answer my question about Mr. Audley and his friend, you volatile forgetful Alicia! – Lady Audley's Secret by Mary Elizabeth Braddon
  2. He disengaged one of them presently, and felt in his pocket for the sal volatile – The Complete PG Works of Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. by Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. (The Physician and Poet not the Jurist)
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