volatile

  • 1 Volatile — may refer to: Chemistry Volatility (chemistry), a measure of the tendency of a substance to vaporize Relative volatility, a measure of vapor pressures of the components in a liquid mixture Volatiles, a group of compounds with low boiling points… …

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  • 2 Volatile — Vol a*tile, a. [F. volatil, L. volatilis, fr. volare to fly, perhaps akin to velox swift, E. velocity. Cf. {Volley}.] 1. Passing through the air on wings, or by the buoyant force of the atmosphere; flying; having the power to fly. [Obs.] [1913… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 3 Volatile — kommt aus dem englischen Sprachraum und bedeutet dort etwa: veränderlich, beweglich, flüchtig. Das Wort wird als Fachausdruck auch im deutschen Sprachraum verwendet: Im Aktienhandel für veränderliche Werte oder als Maß des Risikos einer Aktie,… …

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  • 4 volatile — [väl′ə təl; ] chiefly Brit [, väl′ətīl΄] adj. [MFr < L volatilis < volare, to fly] 1. Obs. flying or able to fly; volitant 2. vaporizing or evaporating quickly, as alcohol 3. a) likely to shift quickly and unpredictably; unstable; explosive …

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  • 5 Volatile — Vol a*tile, n. [Cf. F. volatile.] A winged animal; wild fowl; game. [Obs.] Chaucer. Sir T. Browne. [1913 Webster] …

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  • 6 volatile — (adj.) 1590s fine or light, also evaporating rapidly (c.1600), from M.Fr. volatile, from L. volatilis fleeting, transitory, flying, from pp. stem of volare to fly, of unknown origin. Sense of readily changing, fickle is first recorded 1640s.… …

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  • 7 volatile — ► ADJECTIVE 1) (of a substance) easily evaporated at normal temperatures. 2) liable to change rapidly and unpredictably, especially for the worse. ► NOUN ▪ a volatile substance. DERIVATIVES volatility noun volatilize (also volatilise) verb …

    English terms dictionary

  • 8 volatile — I adjective active, animated, brief, brisk, buoyant, capricious, changeable, cometary, deciduous, desultory, effervescent, elastic, elusive, ephemeral, erratic, evanescent, evaporable, excitable, explosive, fickle, fleeting, flighty, full of… …

    Law dictionary

  • 9 volatile — /vo latile/ [dal lat. volatĭlis, der. di volare ]. ■ agg. 1. (non com.) [che vola, capace di volare] ▶◀ [➨ volante1 agg. (1)]. 2. (chim.) [di liquido o solido che tende a vaporizzare facilmente: sostanze v. ] ▶◀ ‖ evaporabile …

    Enciclopedia Italiana

  • 10 volatile — effervescent, buoyant, expansive, resilient, *elastic Analogous words: unstable, mercurial, *inconstant, fickle, capricious: light minded, frivolous, flippant, flighty (see corresponding nouns at LIGHTNESS): variable, *changeable, protean …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 11 volatile — [adj] explosive, changeable airy, buoyant, capricious, effervescent, elastic, elusive, ephemeral, erratic, expansive, fickle, fleeting, flighty, flippant, frivolous, fugacious, fugitive, gaseous, gay, giddy, impermanent, imponderable,… …

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  • 12 volatile — Volatile. s. Animal qui vole. Cet animal est du genre des volatiles, parmy les volatiles, &c. Son usage le plus ordinaire est au pluriel …

    Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • 13 volatile — 1. volatile [ vɔlatil ] adj. • v. 1380; lat. volatilis ♦ Vx Qui peut voler, qui a des ailes. « Le canard, ce porc de la gent volatile » (Hugo). ♢ Littér. Formé d oiseaux. « Des tribus volatiles de toutes les espèces » (L. Bertrand). ⊗ HOM.… …

    Encyclopédie Universelle

  • 14 volatile — 01. The situation in the region is [volatile], and the military has been put on full alert. 02. The airplanes that crashed into the World Trade Center in New York were carrying tanks filled with highly [volatile] jet fuel, which caused the huge… …

    Grammatical examples in English

  • 15 volatile — [[t]vɒ̱lətaɪl, AM t(ə)l[/t]] 1) ADJ GRADED A situation that is volatile is likely to change suddenly and unexpectedly. There have been riots before and the situation is volatile... The international oil markets have been highly volatile since the …

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  • 16 volatile — A market which often is subject to wide price fluctuations is said to be volatile. This volatility is often due to a lack of liquidity. The CENTER ONLINE Futures Glossary * * * volatile vol‧a‧tile [ˈvɒlətaɪl ǁ ˈvɑːlətl] adjective a volatile… …

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  • 17 volatile — volatility /vol euh til i tee/, volatileness, n. /vol euh tl, til/ or, esp. Brit., / tuyl /, adj. 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… …

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  • 18 volatile — vol|a|tile [ valətl ] adjective a volatile situation can suddenly change or become more dangerous: a volatile stock market The political situation was becoming more volatile. a. someone who is volatile can quickly become angry or violent b. a… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 19 volatile — UK [ˈvɒlətaɪl] / US [ˈvɑlət(ə)l] adjective 1) a volatile situation can suddenly change or become more dangerous a volatile stock market The political situation was becoming more volatile. a) someone who is volatile can quickly become angry or… …

    English dictionary

  • 20 volatile — vol|a|tile [ˈvɔlətaıl US ˈva:lətl] adj [Date: 1500 1600; : French; Origin: Latin volatilis, from volare to fly ] 1.) a volatile situation is likely to change suddenly and without warning ▪ an increasingly volatile political situation ▪ the highly …

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