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1. Flying or capable of flying: volant mammals.
2. Moving quickly or nimbly; agile.
3. Heraldry Depicted with the wings extended as in flying.

[Latin volāns, volant-, present participle of volāre, to fly. Sense 3, from French, from Old French, present participle of voler, to fly, from Latin volāre.]
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1. (Heraldry) (usually postpositive) heraldry in a flying position
2. rare flying or capable of flight
3. poetic moving lightly or agilely; nimble
[C16: from French: flying, from voler to fly, from Latin volāre]
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(ˈvoʊ lənt)

1. engaged in or having the power of flight.
2. moving lightly; nimble.
3. (of a heraldic bird) having the wings extended for flight.
[1500–10; < French, present participle of voler to fly < Latin volāre]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.volant - with wings extended in a flying position
heraldry - the study and classification of armorial bearings and the tracing of genealogies
winged - having wings or as if having wings of a specified kind; "the winged feet of Mercury";
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He lookd and saw a spacious Plaine, whereon Were Tents of various hue; by some were herds Of Cattel grazing: others, whence the sound Of Instruments that made melodious chime Was heard, of Harp and Organ; and who moovd Thir stops and chords was seen: his volant touch Instinct through all proportions low and high Fled and pursu'd transverse the resonant fugue.
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[beaucoup moins que]La securite routiere n'est pas un jeu[beaucoup plus grand que], dira-t-il, [beaucoup moins que]car ce jeu est une infraction au code de la route, tout comme l'utilisation du telephone au volant et le non-port de la ceinture de securite et met en danger les usagers de la route[beaucoup plus grand que].
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