[ neyt-nt ]
/ ˈneɪt nt /


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

Related forms

na·tant·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples 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


/ (ˈneɪtənt) /


(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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