nonvolatile

adjective
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

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'nonvolatile.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of nonvolatile

1844, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about nonvolatile

Time Traveler for nonvolatile

Time Traveler

The first known use of nonvolatile was in 1844

See more words from the same year

Statistics for nonvolatile

Cite this Entry

“Nonvolatile.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/nonvolatile. Accessed 6 Mar. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLA Chicago APA Merriam-Webster

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for nonvolatile

nonvolatile

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

Medical Definition of nonvolatile

: not volatile

Comments on nonvolatile

What made you want to look up nonvolatile? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Who Knew?

True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
 AlphaBear 2

Spell words. Make bears.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!