Origin of volatile
Examples from the Web for volatility
Volatility of reputation and subjectivity of quality make it difficult to define the novel in terms of absolute excellence.
To be fair, there are nonpartisan, academic roots to the vision of the Cold War as a model of stability, not volatility.
I loved the volatility to his reaction and the deception, and then her walking away with the security guards to the elevator.Julianna Margulies's Favorite 'The Good Wife' Scenes|Julianna Margulies|August 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He fears, especially, the volatility of it all: the checkpoints, the nearby Israeli settlements, and the bombings.A Camp Away From Terror: Where Israeli and Palestinian Kids Find Common Ground|Nina Strochlic|August 4, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But given the volatility of the last week, how long will that last?Republican Debt-Ceiling ‘Truthers’ Are Risking Financial Disaster|Jamelle Bouie|October 8, 2013|DAILY BEAST
But the longer the Regulus is kept in fusion, the more of it evaporates, because of its volatility.Elements of the Theory and Practice of Chymistry, 5th ed.|Pierre Joseph Macquer
She was no more appalled by the loss than by the perception of her own volatility.The Letter of the Contract|Basil King
I was now carried away by the volatility and light-heartedness of youth.The Devil's Elixir|E. T. A. Hoffmann
De Garros, with the volatility of a true Frenchman, waved his hand to show that he was not injured.The Ocean Wireless Boys and the Lost Liner|Wilbur Lawton
Knowing the volatility of naphthalene in warm weather and the irritating character of its vapor led me to try it.Insects and Diseases|Rennie W. Doane
British Dictionary definitions for volatility
Word Origin for volatile
Word Origin and History for volatility
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).