non·​vol·​a·​tile ˌnän-ˈvä-lə-tᵊl How to pronounce nonvolatile (audio)
: not volatile: such as
: not vaporizing readily
a nonvolatile solvent
of a computer memory : retaining data when power is shut off

Examples of nonvolatile in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web That boost is much needed because nonvolatile memories have an inherent level of programming noise. IEEE Spectrum, 20 Nov. 2021 While the vast majority of terrorist financing is still coming through fiat currency, the move to Tether—which is pegged to the U.S. dollar—reflects illicit actors’ search for nonvolatile assets, according to the Binance investigator. Byleo Schwartz, Fortune Crypto, 29 June 2023 On its face, this sounds like great news for the crypto industry, large segments of which rely on the stablecoin as a nonvolatile place to park their wealth. Jeff John Roberts, Fortune Crypto, 11 May 2023 At each cross point, a nonvolatile memory cell encodes the weight as conductance. IEEE Spectrum, 20 Nov. 2021 Tongue-flicks with oscillations meet all the criteria for being adapted to the collection of odorants; simple downward extensions appear better suited for the rapid pick up of nonvolatile chemical stimuli from the substrate or a food item. Seriously Science, Discover Magazine, 18 Nov. 2013 Tether, the world’s largest stablecoin, is billed as the nonvolatile cousin of bitcoin and other digital currencies that can whipsaw in value. Jonathan Weil, WSJ, 10 Nov. 2022 As the moniker implies, these assets are supposed to be the nonvolatile cousins of bitcoin, dogecoin and other digital assets that are prone to sharp swings. Caitlin Ostroff, WSJ, 24 May 2022 Volatile compounds can be smelled; nonvolatile ones can’t. Esther Mobley, San Francisco Chronicle, 2 Nov. 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

1844, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of nonvolatile was in 1844

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“Nonvolatile.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Apr. 2024.

Medical Definition


-ˈväl-ət-ᵊl, especially British -ə-ˌtīl
: not volatile
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