Associations to the word «Volatile»


VOLATILE, adjective. (physics) evaporating or vaporizing readily under normal conditions.
VOLATILE, adjective. (of a substance) (informal) explosive.
VOLATILE, adjective. (of a price etc) variable or erratic.
VOLATILE, adjective. (of a person) quick to become angry or violent.
VOLATILE, adjective. Fickle.
VOLATILE, adjective. Temporary or ephemeral.
VOLATILE, adjective. (of a situation) potentially violent.
VOLATILE, adjective. (computing) (of a variable) having its associated memory immediately updated with any changes in value.
VOLATILE, adjective. (computing) (of memory) whose content is lost when the computer is powered down
VOLATILE, adjective. (obsolete) Passing through the air on wings, or by the buoyant force of the atmosphere; flying; having the power to fly.
VOLATILE MEMORY, noun. (computer hardware) Computer memory (such as RAM) that requires a constant electrical charge to maintain its contents.
VOLATILE ORGANIC COMPOUND, noun. Any organic chemical compound that can significantly vaporize under conditions of normal atmospheric temperature and pressure.

Dictionary definition

VOLATILE, noun. A volatile substance; a substance that changes readily from solid or liquid to a vapor; "it was heated to evaporate the volatiles".
VOLATILE, adjective. Evaporating readily at normal temperatures and pressures; "volatile oils"; "volatile solvents".
VOLATILE, adjective. Liable to lead to sudden change or violence; "an explosive issue"; "a volatile situation with troops and rioters eager for a confrontation".
VOLATILE, adjective. Marked by erratic changeableness in affections or attachments; "fickle friends"; "a flirt's volatile affections".
VOLATILE, adjective. Tending to vary often or widely; "volatile stocks"; "volatile emotions".

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