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Thursday, May 07, 2015

Definitions for volitant

  1. engaged in or having the power of flight.
  2. active; moving.

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Citations for volitant
We are golden averages, volitant stabilities, compensated or periodic errors, houses founded on the sea. Ralph Waldo Emerson, Representative Men, 1850
…to test his idea he made no further effort, merely keeping his balance in the air each time his drop to earth lifted him again into those long and fantastic cruises; but the impetus weakened with every dwindling flight and the volitant boy came gradually to a standstill. Mervyn Peake, Gormenghast, 1950
Origin of volitant
Volitant comes from the Latin verb volāre meaning "to fly." It entered English in the mid-1800s.