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  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Volatileness Quality or state of being volatile; disposition to evaporate; changeableness; fickleness.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • 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.
    • n volatileness Volatility.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Volatileness quality of being volatile: disposition to evaporate rapidly: sprightliness: fickleness
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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. volatilité,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. volans, antis, pr.p. of volāre, to fly.


In literature:

The main product is a volatile white fluoride.
"Scientific American Supplement, No. 832, December 12, 1891" by Various
Mary is a living but a volatilized and glorious body.
"The Cathedral" by Joris-Karl Huysmans
Where this assembly was collected from I did not know, but it acted on the spirits and went like volatile essence to the brain.
"Lazarre" by Mary Hartwell Catherwood
The compound thus obtained is a deep red amorphous powder, readily capable of volatilization.
"Scientific American Supplement, No. 841, February 13, 1892" by Various
You will observe that it differs but slightly from the lines that come of volatilized iron.
"The Collected Works of Ambrose Bierce, Volume 8" by Ambrose Bierce
This put hope at once into my volatile companion.
"My Adventures as a Spy" by Robert Baden-Powell
I have been many a time surprised to observe the strange volatility of sailormen.
"Humphrey Bold" by Herbert Strang
His description of the manner in which the worthy burghers of Marseilles make war upon the volatiles is rather amusing.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine -- Volume 55, No. 340, February, 1844" by Various
This peculiar dramatic satire, a burlesque of an entire tragedy, the volatile genius of the Parisians accomplished.
"Curiosities of Literature, Vol. II (of 3)" by Isaac Disraeli
The result was very different from that looked for by the volatile young ruler.
"Historical Tales, Vol 5 (of 15)" by Charles Morris
With shining black hair and volatile face, he played many parts that day.
"Golden Lads" by Arthur Gleason and Helen Hayes Gleason
We're too volatile hereabouts.
"Under Fire" by Charles King
Recommend volatilization of this planet by vessel sent on special mission.
"Skylark Three" by Edward Elmer Smith
But Molly's volatile nature passed to a different subject the next moment.
"The Maidens' Lodge" by Emily Sarah Holt
The action of the fire may concentrate, but not volatilize them.
"The Art of Making Whiskey" by Anthony Boucherie
The discharge may be anything from an imperceptible flow up to one of such violence as to volatilize the craft carrying it.
"Subspace Survivors" by E. E. Smith
At first the gas had been light and volatile.
"Army Boys on the Firing Line" by Homer Randall
And what sort of work, it may be asked, can this volatile fellow perform?
"The Battery and the Boiler" by R.M. Ballantyne
Of course the volatile Antonio also went, being indispensable.
"Black Ivory" by R.M. Ballantyne
The volatile spirit lamp burns day and night.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 16, Slice 6" by Various

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:

A new $11 million Delta visitor center is at last open here to tell the story of the maze of islands and rivers in the heart of California's politically volatile water system.
Historic Voter Volatility in This Year of Fear.
We're in for a couple more months of volatility at least.
A new and potentially volatile crisis is brewing between the United States and North Korea.
When 'Low Volatility' Pays Off.
CAMDEN — Authorities are offering a $500 reward for information leading to those who may be distributing the potentially volatile drug PCP .
Make the best of a bad recession by riding out the volatility, sniffing out good value and allocating assets wisely.
These remain heady times for those selling used trucks – and demand for used iron seems poised to stay high, despite the volatile behavior of both the freight market and the US economy as a whole.
It can also forecast volatility.
Market volatility here to stay.
NEW YORK – Analysts at Sterne Agee said Wednesday they expect shares of the computer maker to remain volatile until the end of the year.
5 Questions on Managing Risk in the Midst of Volatility.
Ford's first dedicated hybrid line enters the market fray as volatile gas prices remain high, and the government's aggressive fuel economy regulations are encouraging automakers into more alternative powertrain vehicles.
Volatility at Universal Pictures, particularly the huge loss the studio is taking on.
Potential for market volatility is ' extreme, ' says Farm Bureau economist.

In science:

Absolute log-returns, as well as volatility, display strong autocorrelations, and the proposed FRW model seems to capture the essential features.
Fractional derivatives of random walks: Time series with long-time memory
Enrichment in volatiles in the giant planets of the Solar System.
Ice Lines, Planetesimal Composition and Solid Surface Density in the Solar Nebula
Rescaled variance and related tests for long memory in volatility and levels.
The V/S test of long-range dependence in random fields
It appears to be evolving with a more volatile tra jectory since the late 1980’s, finally reaching a peak which is above 0.35 in 2000.
Interpreting self-organizing maps through space--time data models
However, excitable processors are memoryless, because they do not, as a rule, store results of computation in a non-volatile memory.
Hot Ice Computer
Volatile molecules heavier than water (such as CO, CO2, and N2 ) have even smaller upper bounds (in % planet mass) on the amounts they can be outgassed.
Three Possible Origins for the Gas Layer on GJ 1214b
Based on models of outgassing of chondritic material found in the solar system, even if hydrogen is the dominant outgassed species other heavier volatiles would be present as well.
Three Possible Origins for the Gas Layer on GJ 1214b
Di Masi et al. (1994) proposed to model the volatility of financial markets in terms of T (t).
Stochastic velocity motions and processes with random time
On the left, we observe the (s, t)−evolution of stochastic volatility: we have a collision of two volatility component-solitons, S1 (s, t) and S2 (s, t), which join together into the resulting soliton S2 (s, t), annihilating the S1 (s, t) component in the process.
Adaptive Wave Models for Option Pricing Evolution: Nonlinear and Quantum Schr\"odinger Approaches
Due to symmetry of the Manakov system, volatility and option price can exchange their roles.
Adaptive Wave Models for Option Pricing Evolution: Nonlinear and Quantum Schr\"odinger Approaches
Volatility σ has dimension of financial action, or energy × time. 2.
Adaptive Wave Models for Option Pricing Evolution: Nonlinear and Quantum Schr\"odinger Approaches
Volatility of c`adl`ag price paths Let Ω be the set D+ [0, T ] of all positive c`adl`ag functions ω : [0, T ] → [0, ∞); we will call Ω our sample space.
Rough paths in idealized financial markets
Continuous-time trading and the emergence of volatility.
Rough paths in idealized financial markets
The boundary layer height was found to be variable, as well as volatile on short timescales, but has a sharp boundary, whose median height was inferred to be between 23-27 m based on its statistical properties.
Astronomy in Antarctica
The Heston model belongs to a class of models known as stochastic volatility models.
A Fast Mean-Reverting Correction to Heston's Stochastic Volatility Model