[ neyt-nt ]
/ ˈneɪt nt /


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

Nearby words

  1. natal orange,
  2. natal plum,
  3. natalia,
  4. natalie,
  5. natality,
  6. natantly,
  7. natasha,
  8. natashkwan,
  9. natashquan,
  10. natation

Origin of natant

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

Related formsna·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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Word Origin and History for natant



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper