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  1. swimming; floating.
  2. 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
Related formsna·tant·ly, adverb
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Related Words for natant

floating, natant, natatorial, natatory

Examples from the Web for natant

Historical Examples of natant

  • Tota natant crispis juga motibus et tremit absens Pampinus, et vitreis vindemia turget in undis.

    Letters of Edward FitzGerald

    Edward FitzGerald

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

    The Red Debt

    Everett MacDonald

British Dictionary definitions for natant


  1. (of aquatic plants) floating on the water
  2. rare floating or swimming
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Word Origin for natant

C18: from Latin natāns, present participle of natāre to swim
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Word Origin and History for natant


1707, from Latin natantem, present participle of natare "to swim," frequentative of nare "to swim" (see natatorium).

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