Volatile vs Ethereal - What's the difference?
As adjectives the difference between volatile and ethereal
is that volatile
is (physics) evaporating or vaporizing readily under normal conditions while ethereal
is pertaining to the hypothetical upper, purer air, or to the higher regions beyond the earth or beyond the atmosphere; celestial; otherworldly; as, ethereal space; ethereal regions.
(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.
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.
* See also
* volatile memory
Pertaining to the hypothetical upper, purer air, or to the higher regions beyond the earth or beyond the atmosphere; celestial; otherworldly; as, ethereal space; ethereal regions.
* 1667 : , Paradise Lost , book VII
* 1862 : ,
- Go, heavenly guest, ethereal messenger.
Consisting of ether; hence, exceedingly light or airy; tenuous; spiritlike; characterized by extreme delicacy, as form, manner, thought, etc.
* 1733 : ,
- I trust that we shall be more imaginative, that our thoughts will be clearer, fresher, and more ethereal , as our sky,...
An Essay on Man
Delicate, light and airy.
- Vast chain of being, which from God began, Natures ethereal , human, angel, man.