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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
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volatile

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

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

(programming)

volatile

(storage)
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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.
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The souls within these people's breasts were not volatile in the manner of slightly scented and inflated bladders.
It was after the early supper-time at the Red House, and the entertainment was in that stage when bashfulness itself had passed into easy jollity, when gentlemen, conscious of unusual accomplishments, could at length be prevailed on to dance a hornpipe, and when the Squire preferred talking loudly, scattering snuff, and patting his visitors' backs, to sitting longer at the whist-table--a choice exasperating to uncle Kimble, who, being always volatile in sober business hours, became intense and bitter over cards and brandy, shuffled before his adversary's deal with a glare of suspicion, and turned up a mean trump-card with an air of inexpressible disgust, as if in a world where such things could happen one might as well enter on a course of reckless profligacy.
Would that volatile mind, that inconstant heart, be likely to be fixed for a moment, even were it to gaze upon an angel?
On such occasions his eyes protruded more than ever, and his face had more than ever the appearance of being covered with a thin crackling skin, through which every flush of his volatile blood showed itself instantly.
"Raymond is a witness what ginger and sal volatile I am obliged to take in the night.
Pigling Bland listened gravely; Alexander was hopelessly volatile.
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?"
Comparison of the volatile components of two cultivars of potato cooked by boiling, conventional baking and microwave baking.
In this study, volatile profiles of jasmine scented and nonscented green teas and fresh jasmine flowers were compared for identifying the key floral odorants absorbed by the scented green tea and the factors affecting their adsorption/desorption over the manufacturing process.
Sitophilus zeamais, Theocolax elegans, Volatile organic compounds, Saliva, Biological control
The objective of scientists at The Ohio State University was to determine how temperature, pH and various food additives would affect the headspace volatile concentration and consumer acceptability of the aroma of flavored tomato products.
(NASDAQ: MOCO), along with Huntsville, Alabama-based aroma technology company Volatile Analysis Corp., have finalised the purchase by Volatile of substantially all the assets of the Round Rock, Texas-based business which was formerly known as Microanalytics, the company said.