American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Flying or capable of flying.
- adj. Moving quickly or nimbly; agile.
- adj. Heraldry Depicted with the wings extended as in flying.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Passing through the air; flying.
- Able to fly; capable of flight; volitant: correlated with reptant, natant, gradient, etc.
- Freely passing from place to place; current.
- Light and quick; nimble; rapid; active.
- In heraldry: Represented as flying: noting a bird.
- Represented as if in the air, not supported by anything, or creeping: noting insects or other fly ing creatures: as, a hive surrounded by bees volant
- n. A shuttlecock; hence, one who fluctuates between two parties; a trimmer.
- n. A flounce, whether of a woman's skirt, or of a cover or curtain, or the like, especially when rich and decorative: as, a volant of point lace.
- adj. heraldry Having extended wings as if flying.
- adj. Flying, or able to fly.
- adj. Moving quickly or lightly, as though flying; nimble.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Passing through the air upon wings, or as if upon wings; flying; hence, passing from place to place; current.
- adj. Nimble; light and quick; active; rapid.
- adj. (Her.) Represented as flying, or having the wings spread.
- adj. with wings extended in a flying position
- From Middle French volant, present participle of voler ("to fly"), from Latin volāre. (Wiktionary)
- Latin volāns, volant-, present participle of volāre, to fly. Sense 3, from French, from Old French, present participle of voler, to fly, from Latin volāre. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“I've called this vehicle, generically, a helicop -- a volantor, after the Latin word "volant," meaning, to fly in a light, nimble manner.”
“Today the company offers 300 different notebooks, cahiers, folios and diaries, while last year they caused a splash by launching a range of candy-coloured 'volant”
“I have sent our folks out to gather fruit at a venture: and now this misery will soon be ended with his illness; driven away by deluges of lemonade, I think, made in defiance of wasps, flies, and a kind of volant beetle, wonderfully beautiful and very pertinacious in his attacks; and who makes dreadful depredations on my sugar and currant-jelly, so necessary on this occasion of illness, and so attractive to all these detestable inhabitants of a place so lovely.”
“volant" round his neck (the "volant" is a huge pruning-hook fastened to a pole, with which they trim trees) crying out, "No more clerks, or there's an end to compromise!”
“The air shuddered with volant snow like bead curtains in an earthquake.”
“On se rappellera que Benjamin Franklin mit en évidence l'existence de l'électricité grâce à un cerf-volant et que "go fly a kite" signifie certes "lance un cerf-volant", mais aussi "Casse-toi !”
“Quelques conseils typiques de Maxine : 1. Sur la sécurité au volant : Je ne peux pas utiliser le téléphone portable dans la voiture.”
“The velociraptor that was studied stood one metre tall and was about 1.5 metres long and weighed 14 kilograms, but its "relatively short forelimbs compared to a modern bird … indicated it lacked volant, or flight, abilities".”
“Non-volant mammalian pollinators are also found here, as well as in the ecologically similar kwongan vegetation of southwestern Australia.”
“The structure of non-volant mammal communities in different Amazonian forest types.”
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