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See synonyms for natant on
  1. swimming or floating.

  2. Botany. floating on water, as the leaf of an aquatic plant.

Origin of natant

First recorded in 1450–1500; from Latin natant- stem of natāns, present participle of natāre “to swim”; see -ant

Other words from natant

  • na·tant·ly, adverb

Words Nearby natant Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use natant in a sentence

  • She stood rigid, listening with a natant, sickening consciousness that something terrible hung at her back.

    The Red Debt | Everett MacDonald
  • Tota natant crispis juga motibus et tremit absens Pampinus, et vitreis vindemia turget in undis.

    Letters of Edward FitzGerald | Edward FitzGerald

British Dictionary definitions for natant


/ (ˈneɪtənt) /

  1. (of aquatic plants) floating on the water

  2. rare floating or swimming

Origin of natant

C18: from Latin natāns, present participle of natāre to swim

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