Try Our Apps
Dictionary.com

follow Dictionary.com

2017 Word of the Year

volcanic

[vol-kan-ik] /vɒlˈkæn ɪk/
adjective
1.
of or relating to a volcano:
a volcanic eruption.
2.
discharged from or produced by volcanoes:
volcanic mud.
3.
characterized by the presence of volcanoes:
a volcanic area.
4.
suggestive of or resembling a volcano; potentially explosive; volatile:
a volcanic temper.
Origin of volcanic
1765-1775
1765-75; volcan(o) + -ic; compare French volcanique
Related forms
volcanically, adverb
volcanicity
[vol-kuh-nis-i-tee] /ˌvɒl kəˈnɪs ɪ ti/ (Show IPA),
noun
nonvolcanic, adjective
semivolcanic, adjective
semivolcanically, adverb
unvolcanic, adjective
unvolcanically, adverb
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for volcanic
Contemporary Examples
Historical Examples
  • Also, he knew the source of the red glow that had seemed like volcanic fires.

    Two Thousand Miles Below Charles Willard Diffin
  • The Colonel had seen his men safely to the bottom of the volcanic pit.

    Two Thousand Miles Below Charles Willard Diffin
  • The general inclination was to follow the lead of this volcanic man.

    The Night Riders Ridgwell Cullum
  • His volcanic temper had become even more than usually uncertain.

    The Night Riders Ridgwell Cullum
  • And in a moment the other shot off into one of his volcanic surprises.

    The Night Riders Ridgwell Cullum
British Dictionary definitions for volcanic

volcanic

/vɒlˈkænɪk/
adjective
1.
of, relating to, produced by, or characterized by the presence of volcanoes: a volcanic region
2.
suggestive of or resembling an erupting volcano: a volcanic era
3.
another word for extrusive (sense 2)
Derived Forms
volcanically, adverb
volcanicity (ˌvɒlkəˈnɪsɪtɪ) noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for volcanic
adj.

1774, from French volcanique (see volcano). Figurative sense of "prone to explosive activity" is attested from 1854.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Nearby words for volcanic

Word Value for volcanic

15
20
Scrabble Words With Friends