Definitions

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

  • adj. Moving or walking about.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Able to walk.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Walking; moving from place to place.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Walking; moving from place to place; shifting.
  • In heraldry, walking: said of a beast used as a bearing.
  • In pathology, shifting about from place to place; ambulatory: as, ambulant edema.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. able to walk about

Etymologies

French, from Latin ambulāns, ambulant-, present participle of ambulāre, to walk.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Latin ambulans, present participle of ambulare ("to walk"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The Asclepiades treated patients in the temples, but the Pythagoreans visited from house to house, and from city to city, and were known as the ambulant or periodic physicians.

    Outlines of Greek and Roman Medicine

  • “Ghull,” a collar of iron or other metal, sometimes made to resemble the Chinese Kza or Cangue, a kind of ambulant pillory, serving like the old stocks which still show in England the veteris vestigia ruris.

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • The team composed of Belgian topographers and Turkish architects is a kind of ambulant group, making plans and elevations as the excavations go on and recording each piece of ashlar or decorated building element before it is removed.

    Interactive Dig Sagalassos - Recording Report 2

  • "Ghull," a collar of iron or other metal, sometimes made to resemble the Chinese Kza or Cangue, a kind of ambulant pillory, serving like the old stocks which still show in

    Arabian nights. English

  • What it was, of course, I'll never know, but whatever it was resulted in quick relief to the extent that Jack was up and ambulant the next morning ready to run a foot race.

    MY 1916 VISIT TO JACK LONDON

  • I grabbed a carving knife from a rack beside the sink but the ambulant arm stopped in the doorway.

    Blood Lite II: Overbite

  • Bovines in the wild, for instance, spend most of their waking hours in a state of slow, ambulant grazing, walking an average of 2.5 miles a day, all the while taking 50 to 80 bites of forage per minute.

    Nicolette Hahn Niman: Avoiding Factory Farm Foods: An Eater's Guide

  • Bottomfeeder: How to Eat Ethically in a World of Vanishing Seafood by Taras Grescoe opens with a horrifyingly poetic description of a monkfish as the “Quasimodo of the Atlantic” whose “uncooked flesh, especially the liver can be virtually ambulant with marine worms”.

    BOTTOMFEEDER: How to Eat Ethically in a World of Vanishing Seafood | Impact Lab

  • Beati immaculati in via, qui ambulant in lege Domini.

    Archive 2009-09-01

  • * Paradoxe ambulant, je suis insondable mais dans tous les cas extemement manipulateur (mais pas hypocrite) et possessif (mais pas jaloux).

    pinku-tk Diary Entry

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