American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The act of flying; flight.
- n. The ability to fly.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The act of flying; the power of flight, or its habitual exercise; flight; volation.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. rare The act of flying; flight.
- From Medieval Latin volitātio, from Latin volitāre. (Wiktionary)
“John Wilkins (1614-1672), one of the founders of the Royal Society and bishop of Chester … in 1640 discussed the possibility of reaching the moon by volitation.”
“However visionary this idea might be, he had collected innumerable and extremely interesting data, having examined the anatomical structure of almost every winged thing in the creation, and compared the weight of the body with the area of the wings when expanded in the act of volitation as well as the natural habits of birds, insects, bats, and fishes, with reference to their powers of flying and duration of flight.”
“A chimney-sweeper observed to a scientific friend that probably the density of the atmosphere might prevent the intended volitation; and Popanilla, who, having read almost as many pamphlets as the observer, now felt quite at home, exceedingly admired the observation.”
These user-created lists contain the word ‘volitation’.
I only started dog-earing 2/5 of the way through, so I'll have to re-read at some point in order to complete this list.
how many words can I make mine this summer?
Oddments culled from my "main" lists that belong in a display cabinet of their own, plus sundry other curiosities. :-)
Looking for tweets for volitation.