The land of active volcanoes, volatile weather, and dramatic landscapes has been a hub of creativity and culture for centuries.
During these volatile and violent days in Egypt, Coptic Christians have found themselves increasingly under threat.
They are predicated on an assumption of fossil fuel scarcity and U.S. vulnerability to volatile global oil markets.
At the same time, there seemed to be a volatile new current in the air.
Living as they do in the heart of the volatile Caucasus, Georgians are only too aware of the fires that surround them.
The volatile oil is solid, or a stereoptène, and has been styled Myristicine.
Some are warm, but volatile and inconstant; he was warm too, but steady and unchangeable.
His reassurance brought instant relief to her volatile mind.
Sam was volatile and elusive; his industry of an erratic kind.
Internally it has the typical actions of a volatile oil in marked degree.
1590s "fine or light," also "evaporating rapidly" (c.1600), from Middle French volatile, from Latin volatilis "fleeting, transitory, flying," from past participle stem of volare "to fly" (see volant). Sense of "readily changing, fickle" is first recorded 1640s. Volatiles in Middle English meant "birds, butterflies, and other winged creatures" (c.1300).
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.