Definitions

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

  • adj. Flying or capable of flying.
  • adj. Moving quickly or nimbly; agile.
  • adj. Heraldry Depicted with the wings extended as in flying.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Having extended wings as if flying.
  • adj. Flying, or able to fly.
  • adj. Moving quickly or lightly, as though flying; nimble.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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. Represented as flying, or having the wings spread.

from The 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.

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

  • adj. with wings extended in a flying position

Etymologies

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)
From Middle French volant, present participle of voler ("to fly"), from Latin volāre. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • I've called this vehicle, generically, a helicop -- a volantor, after the Latin word "volant," meaning, to fly in a light, nimble manner.

    Paul Moller on the Skycar

  • 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'

    Telegraph.co.uk - Telegraph online, Daily Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph

  • 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.

    Observations and Reflections Made in the Course of a Journey through France, Italy, and Germany, Vol. I

  • "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 Celibates

  • The air shuddered with volant snow like bead curtains in an earthquake.

    Bird Cloud

  • 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 !"

    Archive 2010-06-01

  • Quelques conseils typiques de Maxine : 1. Sur la sécurité au volant : Je ne peux pas utiliser le téléphone portable dans la voiture.

    Archive 2010-06-01

  • 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".

    Was Fierce Dino a Sissy? | Impact Lab

  • Non-volant mammalian pollinators are also found here, as well as in the ecologically similar kwongan vegetation of southwestern Australia.

    Montane fynbos and renosterveld

  • The structure of non-volant mammal communities in different Amazonian forest types.

    Uatuma-Trombetas moist forests

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