1. marked by repeated turns and bends

    Synonyms : tortuous, twisting, twisty, winding
  2. large in number or quantity (especially of discourse)

    Synonyms : copious
    Examples :
    • a subject of voluminous legislation
  3. large in volume or bulk

    Examples :
    • a voluminous skirt


  1. marked by a ready flow of speech

    Antonyms : taciturn
    Examples :
    • she is an extremely voluble young woman who engages in soliloquies not conversations


  1. liable to lead to sudden change or violence

    Synonyms : explosive
    Examples :
    • a volatile situation with troops and rioters eager for a confrontation
  2. marked by erratic changeableness in affections or attachments

    Synonyms : fickle
    Examples :
    • a flirt's volatile affections
  3. a volatile substance; a substance that changes readily from solid or liquid to a vapor

    Type Of : substance
    Examples :
    • it was heated to evaporate the volatiles
  4. evaporating readily at normal temperatures and pressures

    Antonyms : nonvolatile
    Examples :
    • volatile oils
    • volatile solvents
  5. tending to vary often or widely

    Examples :
    • volatile stocks
    • volatile emotions


  1. conspicuously and offensively loud; given to vehement outcry

    Synonyms : blatant, clamant, clamorous, strident
    Examples :
    • a vociferous mob


  1. give new life or energy to

    Synonyms : animate, quicken, reanimate, recreate, renovate, repair, revive, revivify
    Type Of : stimulate, arouse, brace, energise, energize, perk up
  2. make more striking or animated

    Type Of : modify, alter, change
    Examples :
    • his remarks always vivify an otherwise dull story


  1. characterized by high spirits and animation

    Type Of : high-spiritedness


  1. of a substance, especially a strong acid; capable of destroying or eating away by chemical action

    Synonyms : caustic, corrosive, erosive, mordant
  2. harsh or corrosive in tone

    Synonyms : acerb, acerbic, acid, acrid, bitter, blistering, caustic, sulfurous, sulphurous, virulent
    Examples :
    • a vitriolic critique


  1. urgently needed; absolutely necessary

    Synonyms : critical
    Examples :
    • vital for a healthy society
    • of vital interest
  2. performing an essential function in the living body

    Synonyms : life-sustaining
    Examples :
    • vital organs
    • blood and other vital fluids
    • the loss of vital heat in shock
    • a vital spot
  3. full of spirit; full of life

    Synonyms : lively
    Examples :
    • a vital and charismatic leader
  4. manifesting or characteristic of life

    Examples :
    • a vital, living organism
    • vital signs


  1. harsh or corrosive in tone

    Synonyms : acerb, acerbic, acid, acrid, bitter, blistering, caustic, sulfurous, sulphurous, vitriolic
  2. extremely poisonous or injurious; producing venom

    Synonyms : deadly, venomous
    Examples :
    • a virulent insect bite
  3. infectious; having the ability to cause disease

    Antonyms : avirulent


  1. someone who is dazzlingly skilled in any field

    Synonyms : ace, adept, champion, genius, hotshot, maven, mavin, sensation, star, superstar, whizz, whiz, wiz, wizard
    Type Of : expert
  2. having or revealing supreme mastery or skill

    Synonyms : consummate, masterful, masterly
    Examples :
    • a virtuoso performance
  3. a musician who is a consummate master of technique and artistry

    Type Of : musician