engaged in or having the power of flight.
moving lightly; nimble.
Heraldry. (of a bird) represented as having the wings extended for flight: an eagle volant clutching a fish in its claws.
Also called volant piece .Armor. a reinforcing piece for the brow of a helmet.
- non·vo·lant, adjective
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How to use volant in a sentence
He bounds from the earth as if his entrails were hairs; le cheval volant, the Pegasus qui a les narines de feu!Rookwood | William Harrison Ainsworth
At a small distance was an iron passe-volant of 16 pounds, which discharged cartridge shot.
Quebec now also trembled for itself, and it was at this time that de Lauson reestablished the "camp volant."Montreal 1535-1914 under the French Rgime | William Henry Atherton
The over-breastplate was also called the volant—a defence much used in tilts in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries.Spanish Arms and Armour | Albert F. Calvert
Sorte d'insecte volant qui porte des cornes dentelées, comme celles du cerf.
British Dictionary definitions for volant
(usually postpositive) heraldry in a flying position
rare flying or capable of flight
poetic moving lightly or agilely; nimble
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