- 1(Of a substance) easily evaporated at normal temperatures: volatile solvents such as petroleum ether, hexane, and benzeneMore example sentences
- Other substances used in volatile substance abuse are solvents, which comprise one of the other areas the Minister wants examined.
- Even small amounts of gasoline or other volatile fuels or solvents mixed with kerosene can substantially increase the risk of a fire or an explosion.
- In fact, all volatile substances are potentially narcotics.
- 2Liable to change rapidly and unpredictably, especially for the worse: the political situation was becoming more volatileMore example sentences
- Nevertheless, the upside from oil prices is offset by their future unpredictability, with the volatile movements of this one global commodity determining how earnings may change.
- As ordinary life becomes more volatile, insecure and unpredictable in various ways, people search for security in whatever ways they can muster.
- The challenging nature of this scenario reflects the unpredictable and volatile world we live in, as well as the nature of our job.
- 2.1(Of a person) liable to display rapid changes of emotion: a passionate, volatile young manMore example sentences
unpredictable, changeable, variable, inconstant, inconsistent, uncertain, erratic, irregular, unstable, turbulent, unsteady, unsettled, unreliable, undependable, changing, ever-changing, varying, shifting, fluctuating, fluid, mutable, protean, fitful, wavering, full of ups and downs; mercurial, capricious, whimsical, fickle, flighty, giddy, impulsive, wayward, temperamental, highly strung, excitable, emotional, overemotional, fiery, moody, choleric, stormy, tempestuous, volcanic• informal blowing hot and cold• technical labile
- Born in 1626 in Smyrna, Turkey, he was by all accounts a brilliant, charismatic if emotionally volatile man.
- He may exercise professional restraint but in his formative years he was used to exhibiting a more volatile personality.
- But this club, which has a strong lineup, improved rotation and deeper bullpen, is full of sometimes volatile personalities.
- 3(Of a computer’s memory) retaining data only as long as there is a power supply connected.More example sentences
- When a compromised system is powered off, important information or evidence stored in volatile memory may be lost.
- It just so happens that adding charge is one of the requirements of volatile memory, like DRAM.
- These attacks attempt to gain access to the secrets stored in volatile and non-volatile memories.
noun(usually volatiles) Back to top
- A volatile substance.More example sentences
- Methyl acetate had the highest mean peak height of the selected volatiles, followed by acetic acid and then acetaldehyde.
- Although the RAS gave off higher concentrations of volatiles than those measured in the nosespace analysis, the ratios of flavour compounds were similar.
- Several chemical techniques will detect explosives or their volatiles even at the trace levels found in and above the soil where they are buried.
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- This separation creates the potential for high financial volatility at the same time as sluggish economic growth.
- Hedge funds are often named as the culprits when financial markets go through periods of volatility.
- We live in an age of unprecedented voter volatility, where political attitudes can be transformed overnight.
Middle English (in the sense 'creature that flies', also, as a collective, 'birds'): from Old French volatil or Latin volatilis, from volare 'to fly'.