Definitions

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

  • n. A constellation in the polar region of the celestial Southern Hemisphere near Carina and Dorado.

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  • proper n. A small circumpolar constellation of the southern sky, said to resemble a flying fish.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The constellation Piscis Volans.

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  • n. a small constellation in the polar region of the southern hemisphere near Dorado and Carina

Etymologies

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

Latin volāns, present participle of volāre, to fly.

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Named by Dutch explorers Pieter Dirkszoon Keyser and Frederick de Houtman between 1595 and 1597. Shortened from Piscis Volans, from Latin piscis volāns ("flying fish").

Examples

  • Stein B, Volans G. Dixarit overdose: the problem of attractive tablets.

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  • At the editing stage, Henry Volans at Faber was a font of sage suggestions while Trevor Horwood cleaned and polished the manuscript with perspicacity and good humor.

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  • Or you mean Nolans but Volans, an alibi, do you Mutemalice, suffering unegoistically from the singular but positively enjoying on the plural?

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  • Like John Adams, Volans is something of a minimalist in his use of repeating patterns but like Adams he's very much a "post-minimalist."

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  • Still, the image helped set the stage for a wonderful new piece of music that sounded like sort of a mixture of John Adams at his best and Bernstein's "Age of Anxiety" piano symphony and a voice that is all Volans' own.

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  • As with much of Volans's music, ideas don't so much develop as explode into action.

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  • Composers don't often get the chance to write a piano concerto these days but Kevin Volans has written three, the latest of which had its first performance last night.

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  • South African rhythms and timbres run rampant in Volans' two string quartets, and the vastness of the

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  • Elkington, founding partner and director of Volans, cofounder of SustainAbility, world authority of sustainable development, author of The Green Consumer Guide John Grant, author of

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  • CEO of the Carbon Disclosure Project John Elkington, founding partner and director of Volans, cofounder of SustainAbility, world authority of sustainable development, author of The Green

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