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Webster 1913 Edition


Volant

Vo′lant

(?; 277)
,
Adj.
[L.
volans
,
-antis
, p. pr. of
volare
to fly: cf. F.
volant
.]
1.
Passing through the air upon wings, or as if upon wings; flying; hence, passing from place to place; current.
English silver now was current, and our gold
volant
in the pope’s court.
Fuller.
2.
Nimble; light and quick; active; rapid.
“His volant touch.”
Milton.
3.
(Her.)
Represented as flying, or having the wings spread;
as, an eagle
volant
.
Volant piece
(Anc. Armor)
,
an adjustable piece of armor, for guarding the throat, etc., in a joust.

Webster 1828 Edition


Volant

VO'LANT

,
Adj.
[L. volo, to fly.]
1.
Flying; passing through the air; as volant automata.
2.
Nimble; active; as volant touch.
3.
In heraldry, represented as flying or having the wings spread.

Definition 2022


volant

volant

English

Adjective

volant (not comparable)

  1. (heraldry) Having extended wings as if flying.
  2. Flying, or able to fly.
  3. Moving quickly or lightly, as though flying; nimble.
    • 1891, Mary Noailles Murfree, In the "Stranger People's" Country, Nebraska 2005, p. 209:
      he turned to catch through the trees a flitting glimpse of her light dress, her volant attitude, as she sped silently and secretly back to the waiting group on the porch.

Catalan

Adjective

volant m (feminine volanta, masculine plural volants, feminine plural volantes)

  1. flying

Noun

volant m (plural volants)

  1. steering wheel
  2. (badminton) shuttlecock
  3. badminton
  4. tassel

Verb

volant

  1. present participle of volar

Czech

Etymology

From French volant (steering wheel).

Pronunciation

Noun

volant m

  1. steering wheel

French

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /vɔlɑ̃/

Participle

volant

  1. present participle of voler
    Voici un oiseau volant.
    Here's a flying bird.

Noun

volant m (plural volants)

  1. steering wheel
  2. (technical) flywheel
  3. flounce
  4. (sports) shuttlecock; badminton

Derived terms

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Italian

Etymology

French

Noun

volant m (invariable)

  1. frill, flounce

Latin

Verb

volant

  1. third-person plural present active indicative of volō