• WordNet 3.6
    • v volatilize make volatile; cause to pass off in a vapor
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: 'Crack' is the street name given to cocaine that has been processed from cocaine hydrochloride to a free base for smoking. Rather than requiring the more volatile method of processing cocaine using ether, crack cocaine is processed with ammonia or sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) and water and heated to remove the hydrochloride, thus producing a form of cocaine that can be smoked.
    • v. t Volatilize To render volatile; to cause to exhale or evaporate; to cause to pass off in vapor. "The water . . . dissolving the oil, and volatilizing it by the action."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • volatilize To cause to exhale or evaporate; cause to pass off or be diffused in vapor or invisible effluvia.
    • volatilize To become volatile; pass off or be diffused in the form of vapor.
    • volatilize Also spelled volatilise.
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  • Jonathan Swift
    “As love without esteem is capricious and volatile; esteem without love is languid and cold.”
  • George Santayana
    “It takes patience to appreciate domestic bliss; volatile spirits prefer unhappiness.”
  • Henry David Thoreau
    “The volatile truth of our words should continually betray the inadequacy of the residual statement.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. volatiliser,


In literature:

The volatile mob, noting the retreat, turned from combatant into spectator.
"Imperial Purple" by Edgar Saltus
Emily, who thought she knew him so well, was alarmed, and went towards the sideboard where she kept some sal volatile.
"The Forsyte Saga, Complete" by John Galsworthy
It struck me that he had really found his vocation, and would turn the sneer on those who had called him volatile and reckless.
"The Adventures of Harry Richmond, Complete" by George Meredith
He dropped a word of the whispers of Clotilde's volatility.
"The Tragic Comedians, Complete" by George Meredith
After his ineffectual catching at the volatile idea, Mr. Radnor found repose in thoughts of his daughter and her dear mother.
"One of Our Conquerors, Complete" by George Meredith
His volatile nature sprang back to its pose.
"The Right of Way, Complete" by Gilbert Parker
She was fresh, volatile, without affectation or pride, and had a temperament responsive to every phase of life's simple interests.
"The Money Master, Complete" by Gilbert Parker
This is a great, deep, dark secret; you'll probably need your sal volatile.
"Belinda" by A. A. Milne
O shifting and volatile hearts of men!
"Paul Clifford, Complete" by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
Jesus, no wonder she was so volatile.
"Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom" by Cory Doctorow

In poetry:

The sacred page my state describes
From volatile and reptile tribes;
From ugly vipers, beauteous birds;
From soaring hosts, and swinish herds.
"The Believer's Riddle; or, the Mystery of Faith" by Ralph Erskine
Take mountebanks, prancers,
Fops, fiddlers, and dancers,
So volatile, versatile, nimble; Pimps, parasites, spyers, Apostates, rogues, liars,
State coblers; and knights of the thimble.
"Recipe To make A French Legion of Honour" by Thomas Stott

In news:

Saxophonist Berne and cellist Roberts were formerly teamed up with drummer Joey Baron in the volatile trio Miniature.
The volatility index has jumped in recent weeks.
2013 to see more high costs, price volatility, shrinkage in the herd.
Pounded by the wild Southern Ocean, Tasmania has a cooler and more volatile climate than mainland Australia.
Market volatility here to stay.
New book chronicles transcendent 1968 baseball season and volatile political climate.
Volatility at Universal Pictures, particularly the huge loss the studio is taking on.
It is not even her only quasi-separatist cauldron to tend: another worry for her is West Bengal 's increasingly volatile Maoist insurgency.
President Barack Obama may have appeased most yesterday by releasing the official long-form of his birth certificate , but experts said this is just the beginning of what promises to be a volatile 2012 re-election bid.
NEW YORK-The Pleasantville Police Department in New York upset the African- American community by giving an Officer of the Year Award to the policeman who shot a young Black college student in a racially-volatile incident.
Bulldogs have been volatile enough to scare most teams, but probably not the Stags.
Cranford, N.J.—Storms are poster children for volatility.
Since 1982, bonds have provided solid returns with significantly less volatility than the stock market.
Nestlé's Recipe for Juggling Volatile Commodity Costs.
Due to the volatile nature of the labs , police have closed Western Avenue between Main and Wall streets.

In science:

Second, the volatility process σ2 is not observable, and many statistical concepts have in common that they propose to reproduce the unknown volatility process from observed option prices, typically by using proxies based on implied volatility. A survey on early estimation methods in this context can be found in .
Estimation of integrated volatility of volatility with applications to goodness-of-fit testing
We will pursue their approach and define a slightly different estimator for integrated volatility of volatility which attains the optimal rate of convergence in this context, also using observations of X only.
Estimation of integrated volatility of volatility with applications to goodness-of-fit testing
Using our main results, they can be translated to the stochastic volatility case by using integrated volatility of volatility instead.
Estimation of integrated volatility of volatility with applications to goodness-of-fit testing
Note that |ρ| = 1 corresponds to W = V almost surely, in which case we are essentially in the setting of a local volatility model, whereas |ρ| < 1 refers to the genuine stochastic volatility case.
Estimation of integrated volatility of volatility with applications to goodness-of-fit testing
An estimator for integrated volatility of volatility will now be defined as a sum over squared increments of ˆσ2 (i+ln )/n − ˆσ2 i/n .
Estimation of integrated volatility of volatility with applications to goodness-of-fit testing