- swimming; floating.
- Botany. floating on water, as the leaf of an aquatic plant.
Origin of natant
1700–10; < Latin natant- (stem of natāns), present participle of natāre to swim; see -ant
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Historical Examples of natant
- (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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1707, from Latin natantem, present participle of natare "to swim," frequentative of nare "to swim" (see natatorium).
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