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Meaning & Definition of Volatile in English

English

Volatile

/vɑlətəl/

noun

1. A volatile substance

  • A substance that changes readily from solid or liquid to a vapor
  • "It was heated to evaporate the volatiles"
    synonym:
  • volatile

adjective

1. Evaporating readily at normal temperatures and pressures

  • "Volatile oils"
  • "Volatile solvents"
    synonym:
  • volatile

2. Liable to lead to sudden change or violence

  • "An explosive issue"
  • "A volatile situation with troops and rioters eager for a confrontation"
    synonym:
  • explosive
  • ,
  • volatile

3. Marked by erratic changeableness in affections or attachments

  • "Fickle friends"
  • "A flirt's volatile affections"
    synonym:
  • fickle
  • ,
  • volatile

4. Tending to vary often or widely

  • "Volatile stocks"
  • "Volatile emotions"
    synonym:
  • volatile