Volatile vs Combustible - What's the difference?

volatile | combustible |

As adjectives the difference between volatile and combustible

is that volatile is (physics) evaporating or vaporizing readily under normal conditions while combustible is capable of burning.

As a noun combustible is

a material that is capable of burning.



(en adjective)
  • (physics) evaporating or vaporizing readily under normal conditions.
  • (of a substance, informal) explosive.
  • (of a price etc) variable or erratic.
  • (of a person) quick to become angry or violent.
  • fickle.
  • temporary or ephemeral.
  • (of a situation) potentially violent.
  • (computing, of a variable) having its associated memory immediately updated with any changes in value.
  • (computing, of memory) whose content is lost when the computer is powered down
  • (obsolete) Passing through the air on wings, or by the buoyant force of the atmosphere; flying; having the power to fly.
  • Synonyms

    * See also

    Derived terms

    * volatility * volatile memory




    (en adjective)
  • Capable of burning
  • Dumping fertilizer on top of whatever mysterious goop was in the storage tank created a combustible mix which caught on fire.
  • * South
  • Sin is to the soul like fire to combustible matter.
  • (figurative) Easily kindled or excited; quick; fiery; irascible.
  • * Washington Irving
  • Arnold was a combustible character.


    * incombustible


    (en noun)
  • A material that is capable of burning.