Chemistry Evaporating readily at normal temperatures and pressures. (adjective)
Chemistry That can be readily vaporized. (adjective)
Tending to vary often or widely, as in price: the ups and downs of volatile stocks. (adjective)
Inconstant; fickle: a flirt's volatile affections. (adjective)
Lighthearted; flighty: in a volatile mood. (adjective)
Ephemeral; fleeting. (adjective)
Tending to violence; explosive: a volatile situation with troops and rioters eager for a confrontation. (adjective)
Flying or capable of flying; volant. (adjective)
Examples of word volatile
She also called on the U.S. and NATO to ensure they take all necessary precautions in what she described as a volatile and complex situation.
Botswana on Thursday expressed concern at what it described as a volatile political situation in Zimbabwe.
Jeffrey R. Immelt, G.E.'s chief executive, said that the company was pleased with the results, the sixth consecutive quarter of double digit growth in operating earnings, in what he called a "volatile macro environment."
Whirlpool said it expects the U.S. market to remain "volatile" in the months ahead as consumers respond to price promotions.
Many experts expect food prices to remain volatile in the coming years.