non·​vol·​a·​tile | \ ˌnän-ˈvä-lə-tᵊl How to pronounce nonvolatile (audio) \

Definition of nonvolatile

: not volatile: such as
a : not vaporizing readily a nonvolatile solvent
b of a computer memory : retaining data when power is shut off

Examples of nonvolatile in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Volatile compounds can be smelled; nonvolatile ones can’t. Esther Mobley, San Francisco Chronicle, "Northern California grape growers begin to face smoke taint damages," 2 Nov. 2017 SanDisk has been a long-term partner of Toshiba, with the two companies collaborating in the fabrication of nonvolatile memories, but is not seen as a front-runner in the auction. John Ribeiro, PCWorld, "Western Digital dispute with Toshiba heads for arbitration," 14 May 2017

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First Known Use of nonvolatile

1844, in the meaning defined above

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“Nonvolatile.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Mar. 2021.

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non·​vol·​a·​tile | \ -ˈväl-ət-ᵊl, especially British -ə-ˌtīl \

Medical Definition of nonvolatile

: not volatile

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