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VOLATILE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does volatile mean? 

VOLATILE (noun)
  The noun VOLATILE has 1 sense:

1. a volatile substance; a substance that changes readily from solid or liquid to a vapor

  Familiarity information: VOLATILE used as a noun is very rare.


VOLATILE (adjective)
  The adjective VOLATILE has 4 senses:

1. evaporating readily at normal temperatures and pressures
2. liable to lead to sudden change or violence
3. marked by erratic changeableness in affections or attachments
4. tending to vary often or widely

  Familiarity information: VOLATILE used as an adjective is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


VOLATILE (noun)


Sense 1volatile [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A volatile substance; a substance that changes readily from solid or liquid to a vapor

Classified under:

Nouns denoting substances

Context example:

it was heated to evaporate the volatiles

Hypernyms ("volatile" is a kind of...):

matter; substance (that which has mass and occupies space)


VOLATILE (adjective)


Sense 1volatile [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Evaporating readily at normal temperatures and pressures

Context examples:

volatile oils / volatile solvents

Similar:

evaporable; vaporific; vaporizable; vapourific; vapourisable; volatilisable; volatilizable ((used of substances) capable of being volatilized)

Also:

inconstant (likely to change frequently often without apparent or cogent reason; variable)

Domain category:

chemical science; chemistry (the science of matter; the branch of the natural sciences dealing with the composition of substances and their properties and reactions)

Antonym:

nonvolatile (not volatilizing readily)


Sense 2volatile [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Liable to lead to sudden change or violence

Synonyms:

explosive; volatile

Context examples:

an explosive issue / a volatile situation with troops and rioters eager for a confrontation

Similar:

unstable (lacking stability or fixity or firmness)


Sense 3volatile [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Marked by erratic changeableness in affections or attachments

Synonyms:

fickle; volatile

Context examples:

fickle friends / a flirt's volatile affections

Similar:

inconstant (likely to change frequently often without apparent or cogent reason; variable)


Sense 4volatile [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Tending to vary often or widely

Context examples:

volatile stocks / volatile emotions

Similar:

changeable; changeful (such that alteration is possible; having a marked tendency to change)


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