Definition of volatilize in English:


(British volatilise)

Pronunciation /ˈvɒlətɪlʌɪz//vəˈlatɪlʌɪz/


  • (with reference to a substance) make or become volatile.

    with object ‘the sulphur dioxide added before fermentation has already been volatilized’
    figurative ‘the novel has volatilized the essence of New England thought into wreaths of spiritual beauty’
    no object ‘mercury volatilizes and is condensed in earthenware receivers’
    • ‘When the trichomes were fully developed, the compounds were volatilized and only residues were responsible for an orange fluorescence in the cell wall area.’
    • ‘The material used to form the pattern should be something which can be melted, volatilized, or burned off, such as wax or plastic.’
    • ‘All of the jewelers used compressed-gas torches to heat-manipulate metals; in the process, metals were volatilized and subsequently condensed on nearby surfaces.’
    • ‘The metal containing paint layer is heated to a second temperature for a second period of time in an oxygen-free atmosphere to volatilize the solvents in the paint.’
    • ‘Essential oils can be distinguished from fatty oils because they can be volatilised by heat and will evaporate.’
    vaporize, become vapour
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