Origin of volatile
Examples from the Web for volatile
Visibly affected the by military atmosphere the young man admitted his emotions were volatile.
But politics are volatile in Ukraine and Opposition Bloc is pushing hard.Ukraine’s Elections: The Battle of the Billionaires|Anna Nemtsova|October 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
In the volatile southern province of Kandahar, for instance, an innovative school for teenage girls will soon close its doors.The West Made Lots of Promises to Afghan Girls, Now It’s Breaking Them|Heather Barr|October 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Living as they do in the heart of the volatile Caucasus, Georgians are only too aware of the fires that surround them.
How about: “one of the most volatile periods since the Cold War.”
It appears to contain at least two alkaloids—cannabinine and tetano-cannabine—of which the former is volatile.
At that moment his volatile companion gave his arm a clutch and stopped their walk as if a sudden thought had seized him.His Grace of Osmonde|Frances Hodgson Burnett
Here were vats of liquid helium, used in Collins engines to refrigerate the volatile rocket fuel.Deepfreeze|Robert Donald Locke
Resinous matter mixed with volatile oil is easily detected, being left in the alembic after distillation.A Dictionary of Arts, Manufactures and Mines|Andrew Ure
The volatile oil of the century plant is said to evaporate so rapidly as to freeze the water deposited in it.Aztec Land|Maturin M. Ballou
British Dictionary definitions for volatile
Word Origin for volatile
Word Origin and History for volatile
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).