Volatile

Definition of Volatile

Vol´a`tile
a.1.Passing through the air on wings, or by the buoyant force of the atmosphere; flying; having the power to fly.
2.Capable of wasting away, or of easily passing into the aëriform state; subject to evaporation.
3.Fig.: Light-hearted; easily affected by circumstances; airy; lively; hence, changeable; fickle; as, a volatile temper.
You are as giddy and volatile as ever.
- Swift.
Volatile alkali
(Old Chem.) See under Alkali.
Volatile liniment
a liniment composed of sweet oil and ammonia, so called from the readiness with which the latter evaporates.
Volatile oils
(Chem.) See Essential oils, under Essential.
n.1.A winged animal; wild fowl; game.

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