HyperDic: volatile

English > 5 senses of the word volatile:
ADJECTIVEallvolatileevaporating readily at normal temperatures and pressures
allvolatile, explosiveliable to lead to sudden change or violence
allvolatile, ficklemarked by erratic changeableness in affections or attachments
allvolatiletending to vary often or widely
NOUNsubstancevolatilea volatile substance
volatile > pronunciation
Soundsvaa'lahtahl
Rhymesabdominal ... zoological: 2115 rhymes with ahl...
English > volatile: 5 senses > adjective 1
MeaningEvaporating readily at normal temperatures and pressures.
Examples
  • "volatile oils"
  • "volatile solvents"
Categorychemistry, chemical scienceThe science of matter
Narrowerevaporable, vaporific, vapourific, vaporizable, vapourisable, volatilizable, volatilisable(used of substances) capable of being volatilized
See alsoinconstantlikely to change frequently often without apparent or cogent reason
Oppositenonvolatile, nonvolatilizable, nonvolatilisablenot volatilizing readily
Spanishvolátil
Nounsvolatilea volatile substance
volatilitythe property of changing readily from a solid or liquid to a vapor
Verbsvolatilizemake volatile
English > volatile: 5 senses > adjective 2
Meaningliable to lead to sudden change or violence.
Example "a volatile situation with troops and rioters eager for a confrontation"
Synonymexplosive
Broaderunstablelacking stability or fixity / fixity or firmness
Spanishexplosivo
Nounsvolatilitybeing easily excited
English > volatile: 5 senses > adjective 3
Meaningmarked by erratic changeableness in affections or attachments.
Example "a flirt's volatile affections"
Synonymfickle
Broaderinconstantlikely to change frequently often without apparent or cogent reason
Spanishinconstante, mudable, veleidoso, volátil, voluble
Catalaninconstant, mudable, veleïtós, volàtil, voluble
English > volatile: 5 senses > adjective 4
Meaningtending to vary often or widely.
Examples
  • "volatile stocks"
  • "volatile emotions"
Broaderchangeable, changefulSuch that alteration is possible
Spanishvolátil
Catalanvolàtil
Nounsvolatilitythe trait of being unpredictably irresolute
English > volatile: 5 senses > noun 1, substance
MeaningA volatile substance; a substance that changes readily from solid or liquid to a vapor.
Example"it was heated to evaporate the volatiles"
BroadersubstanceThe real physical matter of which a person or thing consists
Adjectivesvolatileevaporating readily at normal temperatures and pressures

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