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as in:  a volatile liquid

She is studying the impact of volatile organic compounds on indoor pollution.
  evaporating rapidly at normal temperatures and pressures


prone to physically explode
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volatile volatility volatiles
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  • She is studying the impact of volatile organic compounds on indoor pollution.
  • The VIX measures market volatility.
  • The country is still too volatile to remove peace-keeping troops.
  • The universe is fluid and volatile.
    Emerson, Ralph Waldo  --  Essays, First Series

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  • Even a small amount of Imperial gold could be incredibly volatile. Exposed to too much heat or pressure, the stuff would explode with devastating impact...
    Rick Riordan  --  The Blood of Olympus
  • It says that alcohol is a colorless volatile liquid
    Douglas Adams  --  The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
  • it was heated to evaporate the volatiles
  • It was also distilled to a volatile salts for fainting...
    Melville, Herman  --  Moby Dick I-LXVII
  • volatile solvents
  • ...the mud of Paris is particularly stinking; it must contain a great deal of volatile and nitric salts.
    Hugo, Victor  --  Notre-Dame de Paris

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  • The world is mind precipitated, and the volatile essence is forever escaping again into the state of free thought.
    Emerson, Ralph Waldo  --  Essays, Second Series
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Associated words [difficulty]:   volatile [3]
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