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volatile

1. (of a substance) capable of readily changing from a solid or liquid form to a vapour; having a high vapour pressure and a low boiling point
2. Computing (of a memory) not retaining stored information when the power supply is cut off
3. a volatile substance

volatile

[′väl·əd·əl]
(chemistry)
Readily passing off by evaporation.

volatile

Descriptive of a substance which passes off easily as a gas or vapor, evaporating quickly.

volatile

(programming)

volatile

(storage)

volatile

With regard to RAM memory, volatile means "temporary" rather than "highly changeable," which is the usual meaning of the word in English. See volatile memory and volatility.
References in classic literature ?
He could distinguish amid the perfumes of the roses and heliotropes in the flower-stands, the sharp and fragrant odor of volatile salts, and he noticed in one of the chased cups on the mantle-piece the countess's smelling-bottle, taken from its shagreen case, and exclaimed in a tone of uneasiness, as he entered, -- "My dear mother, have you been ill during my absence?"
They want more fenders, more breasting- ropes; they want more springs, more shackles, more fetters; they want to make ships with volatile souls as motionless as square blocks of stone.
For once our volatile and exuberant spirits are hopelessly subdued.
The sum of his discourse was to this effect: "That about forty years ago, certain persons went up to Laputa, either upon business or diversion, and, after five months continuance, came back with a very little smattering in mathematics, but full of volatile spirits acquired in that airy region: that these persons, upon their return, began to dislike the management of every thing below, and fell into schemes of putting all arts, sciences, languages, and mechanics, upon a new foot.
"The mud of Paris," he said to himself--for decidedly he thought that he was sure that the gutter would prove his refuge for the night; and what can one do in a refuge, except dream?--"the mud of Paris is particularly stinking; it must contain a great deal of volatile and nitric salts.
I confess that I was so indifferent to everything, so profoundly demoralized, that having once got into that drawing-room I hadn't the strength to get away; though I could see perfectly well my volatile hostess going from one to another of her acquaintances in order to tell them with a little gesture, "Look!
The souls within these people's breasts were not volatile in the manner of slightly scented and inflated bladders.
Chen et al., "Volatiles emitted at different flowering stages of Jasminum sambac and expression of genes related to [alpha]-farnesene biosynthesis," Molecules, vol.
We subsequently identified the active chemicals in the saliva of the maize weevil that elicit the production of rice grain volatiles. Behavioral assays were conducted in a multiple-choice olfactometer.
Including oil in the samples at 10% levels changed the order of odor activity values of important tomato volatiles, which can change the aroma perceived by the consumer.
Easily vaporized elements, called volatiles, are largely missing from moon rocks but might be sequestered in the lunar interior.
Previously, scientists had considered that volatiles vaporized by the impact might have escaped before the Moon formed.