|1.||(of a substance) capable of readily changing from a solid or liquid form to a vapour; having a high vapour pressure and a low boiling point|
|2.||(of persons) disposed to caprice or inconstancy; fickle; mercurial|
|3.||(of circumstances) liable to sudden, unpredictable, or explosive change|
|4.||lasting only a short time: volatile business interests|
|5.||computing (of a memory) not retaining stored information when the power supply is cut off|
|6.||obsolete flying or capable of flight; volant|
|7.||a volatile substance|
|8.||rare a winged creature|
|[C17: from Latin volātīlis flying, from volāre to fly]|
volatile vol·a·tile (vŏl'ə-tl, -tīl')
Evaporating readily at normal temperatures and pressures.
That can be readily vaporized.
Tending to violence; explosive, as of behavior.
|volatile (vŏl'ə-tl) Pronunciation Key
Changing easily from liquid to vapor at normal temperatures and pressures. Essential oils used in perfumes are highly volatile.