(Anc. Armor), an adjustable piece of armor, for guarding the throat, etc., in a joust.

(||Vo*lan"te) n. [Sp., prop., flying.] A cumbrous two-wheeled pleasure carriage used in Cuba.

(Vol`a*pük") n. Literally, world's speech; the name of an artificial language invented by Johan Martin Schleyer, of Constance, Switzerland, about 1879.

(Vol`a*pük"ist), n. One who is conversant with, or who favors adoption of, Volapük.

(Vo"lar) a. [L. vola the palm of the hand, the sole of the foot.] (Anat.) Of or pertaining to the palm of the hand or the sole of the foot.

(Vol"a*ry) n. See Volery. [Obs.]

(Vol"a*tile) a. [F. volatil, L. volatilis, fr. volare to fly, perhaps akin to velox swift, E. velocity. Cf. Volley.]

1. Passing through the air on wings, or by the buoyant force of the atmosphere; flying; having the power to fly. [Obs.]

2. Capable of wasting away, or of easily passing into the aëriform state; subject to evaporation.

Substances which affect the smell with pungent or fragrant odors, as musk, hartshorn, and essential oils, are called volatile substances, because they waste away on exposure to the atmosphere. Alcohol and ether are called volatile liquids for a similar reason, and because they easily pass into the state of vapor on the application of heat. On the contrary, gold is a fixed substance, because it does not suffer waste, even when exposed to the heat of a furnace; and oils are called fixed when they do not evaporate on simple exposure to the atmosphere.

3. Fig.: Light-hearted; easily affected by circumstances; airy; lively; hence, changeable; fickle; as, a volatile temper.

You are as giddy and volatile as ever.

Volatile alkali. (Old Chem.) See under Alkali.Volatile liniment, a liniment composed of sweet oil and ammonia, so called from the readiness with which the latter evaporates.Volatile oils. (Chem.) See Essential oils, under Essential.

(Vol"a*tile), n. [Cf. F. volatile.] A winged animal; wild fowl; game. [Obs.] Chaucer. Sir T. Browne.

(Vol"a*tile*ness, Vol`a*til"i*ty) n. [Cf. F. volatilité.] Quality or state of being volatile; disposition to evaporate; changeableness; fickleness.

Syn. — See Levity.

(Vol"a*til*i`za*ble) a. [Cf. F. volatisable.] Capable of being volatilized.

(Vol`a*til*i*za"tion) n. [Cf. F. volatilisation.] The act or process of volatilizing, or rendering volatile; the state of being volatilized.

(Vol"a*til*ize) v. t. [imp. & p. p. Volatilized ; p. pr. & vb. n. Volatilizing ] [Cf. F. volatiliser.] 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.
Sir I. Newton.

(||Vo*la"tor) n. [NL.] (Zoöl.) Same as Volador, 1.

Volant piece

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