volatile oil


: an oil that vaporizes readily
especially : essential oil

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Meanwhile, volatile oil and gas prices spurred by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine are hammering consumers, and causing more than 40% of the inflation Americans are having to pay. Energy Innovation: Policy And Technology, Forbes, 2 Aug. 2022 What’s better: high gas prices and volatile oil markets, or cheap EVs and energy security? Energy Innovation: Policy And Technology, Forbes, 21 June 2022 This investment shortfall has been brought on by a series of factors, including a push among investors and governments to bet on clean energy, the uncertain future of fossil fuels and years of weak and volatile oil prices. Matt Egan, CNN, 2 June 2022 Shell’s bumper results followed rivals BP and TotalEnergies which also reported a sharp uptick in profits aided by volatile oil prices. Siladitya Ray, Forbes, 5 May 2022 On both sides of the Atlantic, leaders promise that more green energy—solar, wind and electric vehicles—will cure Western overreliance on volatile oil and natural gas and further isolate Russia. Mark P. Mills, WSJ, 17 Apr. 2022 Still, the program’s opponents express concern about whether the plans are sustainable, citing volatile oil prices and the governor’s efforts to ramp up renewable energy sources in a bid to decrease fossil fuel consumption. Simon Romero, New York Times, 31 Mar. 2022 Getting more oil flowing requires capital and comes with high risks in a volatile oil market. Justin Worland/houston, Time, 10 Mar. 2022 Over the past year, unprecedented weather disasters have caused the price of key commodities to spike, and a volatile oil-and-gas market has allowed Russia and Saudi Arabia to exert geopolitical force. Robinson Meyer, The Atlantic, 2 Feb. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1800, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of volatile oil was in 1800

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“Volatile oil.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/volatile%20oil. Accessed 29 Nov. 2022.

Medical Definition

volatile oil


: an oil that vaporizes readily
especially : essential oil compare fatty oil

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