explosive vs volatile what difference

what is difference between explosive and volatile

English

Etymology

From Latin explos-, stem of the perfect passive participle of explodō + the suffix -ive.

Pronunciation

Adjective

explosive (comparative more explosive, superlative most explosive)

  1. With the capability to, or likely to, explode.
    an explosive device
  2. Having the character of an explosion.
    an explosive fire
  3. (figuratively) Shocking; startling.
    an explosive accusation
  4. (slang) Easily driven to anger, usually with reference to a person.
    He has an explosive personality.

Related terms

  • explode

Translations

Noun

explosive (plural explosives)

  1. Any explosive substance.
  2. (linguistics, dated) A plosive.
    • 1953, Samuel Beckett, Watt
      The words of these songs were either without meaning, or derived from an idiom with which Watt, a very fair linguist, had no acquaintance. The open a sound was predominant, and the explosives k and g.

Translations


French

Pronunciation

Adjective

explosive

  1. feminine singular of explosif

German

Pronunciation

Adjective

explosive

  1. inflection of explosiv:
    1. strong/mixed nominative/accusative feminine singular
    2. strong nominative/accusative plural
    3. weak nominative all-gender singular
    4. weak accusative feminine/neuter singular


English

Etymology

From Middle French volatile, from Latin volātilis (flying; swift; temporary; volatile), from volō (I fly).

Pronunciation

  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈvɑl.ə.tl̩/, /ˈvɑl.əˌtaɪ.əl/, [ˈvɑ.lə.ɾɫ̩]
  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈvɒl.əˌtaɪ.(ə)l/

Adjective

volatile (comparative more volatile, superlative most volatile)

  1. (physics) Evaporating or vaporizing readily under normal conditions.
  2. (of a substance, informal) Explosive.
  3. (of a price etc) Variable or erratic.
  4. (of a person) Quick to become angry or violent.
  5. Fickle.
  6. Temporary or ephemeral.
  7. (of a situation) Potentially violent.
  8. (computing, of a variable) Having its associated memory immediately updated with any changes in value.
  9. (computing, of memory) Whose content is lost when the computer is powered down
  10. (obsolete) Passing through the air on wings, or by the buoyant force of the atmosphere; flying; having the power to fly.

Synonyms

  • See also Thesaurus:ephemeral

Derived terms

  • volatility
  • volatile memory

Translations

Noun

volatile (plural volatiles)

  1. A chemical or compound that changes into a gas easily.

French

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /vɔ.la.til/

Adjective

volatile

  1. feminine singular of volatil
  2. Alternative spelling of volatil, as a masculine singular

Noun

volatile m (plural volatiles)

  1. fowl, bird

Further reading

  • “volatile” in Trésor de la langue française informatisé (The Digitized Treasury of the French Language).

German

Pronunciation

Adjective

volatile

  1. inflection of volatil:
    1. strong/mixed nominative/accusative feminine singular
    2. strong nominative/accusative plural
    3. weak nominative all-gender singular
    4. weak accusative feminine/neuter singular

Italian

Etymology

From Latin volātilis.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /voˈla.ti.le/

Adjective

volatile (plural volatili)

  1. (chemistry, physics) volatile
  2. flying
    Synonym: volante

Noun

volatile m (plural volatili)

  1. bird, fowl
    Synonym: uccello

Further reading

  • volatile in Treccani.it – Vocabolario Treccani on line, Istituto dell’Enciclopedia Italiana

Latin

Pronunciation

  • (Classical) IPA(key): /u̯oˈlaː.ti.le/, [u̯ɔˈɫ̪äːt̪ɪɫ̪ɛ]
  • (Ecclesiastical) IPA(key): /voˈla.ti.le/, [vɔˈlɑːt̪ilɛ]

Adjective

volātile

  1. nominative neuter singular of volātilis
  2. accusative neuter singular of volātilis
  3. vocative neuter singular of volātilis

References

  • volatile in Charles du Fresne du Cange’s Glossarium Mediæ et Infimæ Latinitatis (augmented edition with additions by D. P. Carpenterius, Adelungius and others, edited by Léopold Favre, 1883–1887)

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