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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 ?
The souls within these people's breasts were not volatile in the manner of slightly scented and inflated bladders.
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?
Summary: This study was aimed to investigate the effects of electron beam irradiation on volatile flavor profile of Elettaria cardamomum (L.
Objective: The objective of project VOLATILIS is to investigate the origin(s) of volatile elements on Earth and other planetary bodies in the inner Solar System.
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.
M2 EQUITYBITES-May 27, 2016-Mocon Finalises Sale of Microanalytics to Volatile Analysis
TEHRAN (FNA)- Scientists combined dynamical, thermal, and chemical models of the Moon's formation to explain the relative lack of volatile elements in lunar rocks.
The exact origin of the volatile thiols in wine continues to elude the scientific community.