(||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.
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
You are as giddy and volatile as ever.Swift. 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.
(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.