volatile

5 ENTRIES FOUND:

1vol·a·tile

adjective \ˈvä-lə-təl, especially British -ˌtī(-ə)l\

: likely to change in a very sudden or extreme way

: having or showing extreme or sudden changes of emotion

: likely to become dangerous or out of control

Full Definition of VOLATILE

1
:  readily vaporizable at a relatively low temperature
2
:  flying or having the power to fly
3
a :  lighthearted, lively
b :  easily aroused <volatile suspicions>
c :  tending to erupt into violence :  explosive <a volatile temper>
4
a :  unable to hold the attention fixed because of an inherent lightness or fickleness of disposition
b :  characterized by or subject to rapid or unexpected change <a volatile market>
5
:  difficult to capture or hold permanently :  evanescent, transitory
vol·a·tile·ness noun
vol·a·til·i·ty \ˌvä-lə-ˈti-lə-tē\ noun

Examples of VOLATILE

  1. The stock market can be very volatile.
  2. She is a volatile woman.
  3. The protests are increasing, creating a volatile situation in the capital.
  4. I am beginning to hear investors say that the best way to beat this volatile market is by trading—anxiously moving in and out of securities as the market ebbs and flows. In my view there is no surer path to the poorhouse. —John W. Rogers, Jr., Forbes, 25 May 2009

Origin of VOLATILE

French, from Latin volatilis, from volare to fly
First Known Use: 1605

Other Chemical Engineering Terms

alkali, cation, decant, hygroscopic, isotope, oxidize, slurry, solute, viscous

2vol·a·tile

noun \ˈvä-lə-təl, especially British -ˌtī(-ə)l\

: a chemical or compound that changes into a gas easily

Full Definition of VOLATILE

:  a substance that is readily vaporizable at relatively low temperature :  a volatile substance

Origin of VOLATILE

(see 1volatile)
First Known Use: 1686

Other Chemical Engineering Terms

alkali, cation, decant, hygroscopic, isotope, oxidize, slurry, solute, viscous

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