Adjective "volatile" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


(of a substance) easily evaporated at normal temperatures.
  1. 'Inhalant abuse is defined as the intentional inhalation of a volatile substance in order to achieve euphoria.'
  2. 'Ironically, the alarming discovery of the glue bags comes just a few months after a major campaign in Bradford schools to warn against the dangers of volatile substance abuse.'
  3. 'In fact, all volatile substances are potentially narcotics.'
  4. 'By the nature of the practice, volatile substance abusers repeatedly expose themselves to far higher doses of compounds than could be given during volunteer studies.'
  5. 'He added: ‘With children playing Russian roulette with their lives it is no longer tenable to ignore volatile substance abuse.’'
  6. 'A national charity warned today that deaths from sniffing volatile substances in the region shot up from five to ten over a year.'
  7. 'Some patients can benefit from other techniques, including topical capsaicin and topical application of aspirin suspended in a volatile substance such as acetone.'
  8. 'Some volatile substances can reduce sinoatrial node automaticity and suppress cardiac conduction.'
  9. 'This method works quite well for many gases and volatile liquids, but it cannot be used for substances that decompose on heating, such as urea.'
  10. 'Other substances used in volatile substance abuse are solvents, which comprise one of the other areas the Minister wants examined.'
Liable to change rapidly and unpredictably, especially for the worse.
  1. 'All in all, this is a deeply disturbing and volatile situation with highly uncertain outcomes.'
  2. 'Prices on last minute airfare can be highly volatile so try to book in advance.'
  3. 'They were then sold personal pensions which relied on volatile and unpredictable investment performance to pay pensions.'
  4. 'The challenging nature of this scenario reflects the unpredictable and volatile world we live in, as well as the nature of our job.'
  5. 'A market with large swings in price is generally considered highly volatile and, hence, unpredictable.'
  6. 'The problem was signalling this shift in emphasis to volatile markets without setting off a panic-inducing crash in the currency markets.'
  7. 'But since this market is volatile and unpredictable, no guarantees are possible.'
  8. 'But it has made international affairs a volatile and unpredictable realm.'
  9. 'As ordinary life becomes more volatile, insecure and unpredictable in various ways, people search for security in whatever ways they can muster.'
  10. 'A well-planned strategy will help the network grow, whereas a brash evaluation could stunt an economy that has so far advanced at a fast but volatile rate.'
  11. 'a passionate, volatile young man'
  12. 'Born in 1626 in Smyrna, Turkey, he was by all accounts a brilliant, charismatic if emotionally volatile man.'
  13. 'He was volatile, and maybe that's just what the sport needed, because it brought a lot of non-bowling viewers into the sport via TV.'
  14. 'I had some very volatile neighbors who liked to fight late, late at night.'
  15. 'The family moved often, following the schooling and whims of his volatile father, a doctor.'
  16. 'He may exercise professional restraint but in his formative years he was used to exhibiting a more volatile personality.'
  17. 'Throughout their careers, the volatile brothers have courted controversy and rarely been out of the celebrity gossip pages.'
  18. 'She looked up at him in fear, but didn't pull her hand away, knowing it would only make things worse in this already extremely volatile man.'
  19. 'But this club, which has a strong lineup, improved rotation and deeper bullpen, is full of sometimes volatile personalities.'
  20. 'He's volatile, doesn't tolerate fools and is built like a front rower.'
  21. 'She said she could no longer cope with her volatile husband who was bringing his obsessive drive for golfing perfection home.'
(of a computer's memory) retaining data only as long as there is a power supply connected.
  1. 'When a compromised system is powered off, important information or evidence stored in volatile memory may be lost.'
  2. 'These attacks attempt to gain access to the secrets stored in volatile and non-volatile memories.'


A volatile substance.
  1. 'Ethylene has also been shown to be important in the production of aroma volatiles in Charentais melon fruit, as antisense suppression of ethylene production results in strong inhibition of aroma.'
  2. 'Methyl acetate had the highest mean peak height of the selected volatiles, followed by acetic acid and then acetaldehyde.'
  3. 'A few correlations were significant between aroma volatiles and other chemical traits.'
  4. 'Ripening involves production of a number of fruit volatiles, but ethanol is perhaps the only olfactory commonality to an otherwise bewildering taxonomic array of angiosperm fruits.'
  5. 'Several chemical techniques will detect explosives or their volatiles even at the trace levels found in and above the soil where they are buried.'
  6. 'It is specifically designed to measure volatiles, such as water and organic molecules, in the northern polar region of Mars.'
  7. 'There will be more high notes and volatiles in the new extracts that will increase the coffee flavor quality.'
  8. 'Development of similar procedures for the analysis of other volatiles is dependent on several factors including the properties of the compound to be analyzed.'
  9. 'The researchers sampled gases, or volatiles, discharged from the volcanoes, and analyzed the nitrogen and helium compositions to trace their sources.'
  10. 'Using vacuum headspace distillation they isolated volatiles from 20 kg of raw onions and then used solid phase extraction and preparative capillary gas chromatography to obtain 10g of the key compound.'


1. evaporating rapidly; passing off readily in the form of vapor: Acetone is a volatile solvent.

2. tending or threatening to break out into open violence; explosive: a volatile political situation.

3. changeable; mercurial; flighty: a volatile disposition.

4. (of prices, values, etc.) tending to fluctuate sharply and regularly: volatile market conditions.

5. fleeting; transient: volatile beauty.

6. Computers. of or relating to storage that does not retain data whe

More examples(as adjective)

"tradings can be volatile in/at/on todays."

"markets can be volatile in/at/on todays."

"markets can be volatile at moments."

"situations can be volatile in areas."

"prices can be volatile on dates."

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Middle English (in the sense ‘creature that flies’, also, as a collective, ‘birds’): from Old French volatil or Latin volatilis, from volare ‘to fly’.