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What does "Volatile" mean?


(a.) Capable of wasting away, or of easily passing into the aeriform state; subject to evaporation (a.) Fig.: Light-hearted; easily affected by circumstances; airy; lively; hence, changeable; fickle; as, a volatile temper (a.) Passing through the air on wings, or by the buoyant force of the atmosphere; flying; having the power to fly (n.) A winged animal; wild fowl; game

Synonyms fickle, explosive, unstable, changeable, inconstant, changeful, vaporific, evaporable, vaporizable, volatilizable

Example: "It was heated to evaporate the volatiles" Example: "Volatile oils" Example: "Volatile stocks" Example: "A volatile situation with troops and rioters eager for a confrontation" Example: "A flirt's volatile affections"

Word Family nonvolatile, volatiles, volatilities, volatility