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Word: volatile

Definition: changeable; of a quickly changing nature (as of temper); mercurial; tending to violence; evaporating rapidly; Ex. volatile character/situation in the street


Sentences Containing 'volatile'

'I should think throwing cold water over you would be better,' Alice suggested: 'or some sal-volatile.'
A clear liquid (sometimes there is a deposit consisting of waxes) in color from green to greenish yellow, bergamot essential oil consists for the most part (average 95%) of a volatile fraction and for the remaining (5%) of a non-volatile fraction (or residual).
A typical volatile agent, isoflurane, has a saturated vapour pressure of 32kPa (about 1/3 of an atmosphere).
Activity of various rumen organisms results in accumulation of various volatile fatty acids (normally, mostly acetic, propionic and butyric acids), which are partially dissociated.
After purification by HPLC the protein is in a solution that only contains volatile compounds, and can easily be lyophilized.
An additional concern of the federal government was that large numbers of disaffected unemployed men concentrating in urban centres created a volatile situation.
An anaesthetic vaporizer is a device generally attached to an anaesthetic machine which delivers a given concentration of a volatile anaesthetic agent.
Baron was an admiral in the Imperial Japanese Navy and served twice as Minister of the Navy of Japan during the volatile 1930s.
Better known than WCl6 is the still more volatile WF6.
Both tantalum and niobium react with chlorine and traces of oxygen, including atmospheric concentrations, with niobium forming two compounds: the white volatile niobium pentachloride (NbCl5) and the non-volatile niobium oxychloride (NbOCl3).
By using solar lamps instead of kerosene lamps, toxic substances like Volatile Organic Compound (VOCs) and carbon being released into the atmosphere are significantly reduced.
Chemically it is a highly complex mixture of many classes of organic substances, particularly for the volatile fraction terpenes, esters, alcohols and aldehydes, and for the non-volatile fraction, oxygenated heterocyclic compounds as coumarins and furanocoumarins.
Examples are the heavily scented and flammable resins (volatile organic compounds) of some chaparral plants, such as Malosma laurina, or the chalky wax of Dudleya pulverulenta.
Following the deaths of Gyōkaku Kumoi and Shūsuke Amagai, Rurichiyo Kasumiōji assumed the role as the matriarch of the Kasumiōji Clan and stabilized the volatile situation..
Further, the individual consumptions are not highly correlated which each other and wealth holdings are very volatile.
Gas in the vaporising chamber becomes fully saturated with volatile anaesthetic vapour.
Herbicide volatilisation refers to evaporation or sublimation of a volatile herbicide.
Historically, ether (the first volatile agent) was first used by John Snow's inhaler (1847) but was superseded by the use of chloroform (1848).
In 1991, Merck's Kelco subsidiary was responsible for volatile organic compound (VOC) emission pollution in the San Diego area.
In the universal decay this volatile substance had chanced to survive, perhaps through many thousands of centuries.
It is a red-brown volatile crystalline solid; the heat of sublimation is 12.1 kcal/mol and the heat of vaporization 7.4 kcal/mol.
It reduces emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) due to the lower solvent content.
It was also distilled to a volatile salts for fainting ladies, the same way that the horns of the male deer are manufactured into hartshorn.
Levels of hydrogen sulfide, volatile organic compounds, carbon monoxide, and methane are included in the measurements.
Non-volatile derivatives such as tosylmethyl isocyanide do not have objectionable odors.
On distillation, the resin yieds an essential oil, commonly known as turpentine, and non-volatile rosin.
Sagebrush has a strong pungent fragrance (especially when wet) due to the presence of camphor, terpenoids and other volatile oils.
She describes a volatile week-long tryst with him.
She describes herself as loyal, sociable, caring, volatile and organised.
Since the dice-rolling system moves stocks by a fixed amount, rather than a percentage of their value, these stocks are very volatile.
Tar sands facilities were found to be among the top four highest polluters of volatile organic compounds (VOCs)- a major air contaminant.
The agreement was expanded in 2000 to also include goals of reducing emissions of volatile organic compounds and levels of ground-level ozone.
The Clan Cranstoun prospered up to the late 16th century when they became involved in the volatile political situation of the time.
The coal is hard coal. By the output of the volatile substances and the caking ability long-flame coals prevail.
The coal is hard coal. By the output of the volatile substances and the caking ability rich coals prevail.
The coal is hard coal. By the output of the volatile substances and the caking ability the coal is hard (non-bituminous).
The performance of the plenum vaporizer depends extensively on the saturated vapour pressure of the volatile agent.
The spills contain many volatile components in acid mine drainage, which include the most acidic naturally occurring (i.e. not in a laboratory) water on Earth.
The volatile truth of our words should continually betray the inadequacy of the residual statement.
There are other types of non-volatile memory which are not based on solid-state IC technology, including: Speed.
They are almost completely oxidized and contain the most low condensation temperature elements ("volatile" elements) and the largest amount of organic compounds.
This Bernese "Burgundian Confederation" was a more volatile construct of varying alliances, and in the Battle of Laupen (1339), Fribourg even sided against Berne.
This dark violet blue species exists as a volatile solid under standard conditions.
This dark volatile solid is used in research to prepare other molybdenum compounds.
This method produces significant VOC (volatile organic compound) and HAP (hazardous air pollutant) emissions.
This simply removes all volatile components, leaving the proteins behind.
This triggered a resurgence of the memories formed during his Smith infection and he soon became volatile and insane.
Throughout his early adult life Dolan battled drug and alcohol problems and was reportedly known for having a volatile temper.
Thus, an investor may take a long straddle position if he thinks the market is highly volatile, but does not know in which direction it is going to move.
With these benefits does come the risk of developing various wine faults, such as the development of acetic (or "volatile") acidity.

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