volant

[ voh-luh nt ]
/ ˈvoʊ lənt /

adjective

engaged in or having the power of flight.
moving lightly; nimble.

noun

Also called volant piece. Armor. a reinforcing piece for the brow of a helmet.

Origin of volant

1500–10; < French, present participle of voler to fly < Latin volāre; see -ant

Related forms

non·vo·lant, adjective
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volant

/ (ˈvəʊlənt) /

adjective

(usually postpositive) heraldry in a flying position
rare flying or capable of flight
poetic moving lightly or agilely; nimble

Word Origin for volant

C16: from French: flying, from voler to fly, from Latin volāre
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