- engaged in or having the power of flight.
- moving lightly; nimble.
- Also called volant piece. Armor. a reinforcing piece for the brow of a helmet.
Origin of volant
Examples from the Web for volant
It bore for device a Falcon volant, argent, with a fetter-lock, or.Yorkshire Battles
Indeed, many kinds of volant animals are endemic to the Solomons.Systematics of Megachiropteran Bats in the Solomon Islands
Carleton J. Phillips
The difficulty of keeping so great a mass of weighty metal in so volant an attitude, has been admirably overcome by the artist.
Birds about to take wing are rising; when in flight, they are volant; when at rest, they are close.The Handbook to English Heraldry
The appeal was comprehensible, and the charioteer, assiduously obliging, fell to posture of checking none too volant steeds.The So-called Human Race
Bert Leston Taylor
- (usually postpositive) heraldry in a flying position
- rare flying or capable of flight
- poetic moving lightly or agilely; nimble
Word Origin and History for volant
"flying," c.1500, from Middle French, from Latin volantem (nominative volans), present participle of volare "to fly," of unknown origin. French voler, literally "to fly," in 16c. acquired a sense of "to steal," via the transitive meaning "to make fly."