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natant

[ neyt-nt ]
/ ˈneɪt nt /
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adjective

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

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Origin of natant

1700–10; <Latin natant- (stem of natāns), present participle of natāre to swim; see -ant

OTHER WORDS FROM natant

na·tant·ly, adverb
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Example sentences from the Web for natant

  • 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.

British Dictionary definitions for natant

natant
/ (ˈneɪtənt) /

adjective

(of aquatic plants) floating on the water
rare floating or swimming

Word Origin for natant

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