Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Flying or capable of flying.
  • adj. Moving about rapidly.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. flying; capable of flight.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Flying; having the power of flight; volant: as, the bat is a volitant quadruped.

Etymologies

Latin volitāns, volitant-, present participle of volitāre, to fly to and fro, frequentative of volāre, to fly.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin volitāns. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Confestim hinc inde sagittae volitant, bipennes librant, gladios vibrant, alterutro certant, et veluti carnifices boves in macello, sic inconsternate ad invicem se trucidant.

    The Fair Maid of Perth

  • We are golden averages, volitant stabilities, compensated or periodic errors, houses founded on the sea.

    Representative Man (1850)

  • Nam pulU non volitant, nifi raro et volatu hunuli, nec volatu galUnae dele6fcari nec recreari folent ScaUger prodigen - dum infotem — vt voktare pojfint legi volebat Equidem ex Crefcentio lego: prodigendi mfolem et in fierquUinium, vbi volutari poffinJt.

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