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 (vŏl′plān′, vôl′-)
intr.v. vol·planed, vol·plan·ing, vol·planes
a. To glide toward the earth in an airplane with the engine cut off.
b. To glide toward the earth with the engine cut off. Used of an airplane.
2. To make one's way or go by gliding.
The act or an instance of volplaning.

[From French vol plané, gliding flight : vol, flight (from Old French, from voler, to fly; see volley) + plané, gliding, past participle of planer, to glide; see plane3.]
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vb (intr)
(Aeronautics) aviation to glide towards the ground with no engine power
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v.i. -planed, -plan•ing,
to glide toward the earth in an airplane with no motor power or with the power shut off.
[1905–10; < French]
vol′plan`ist, n.
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The ability to glide or volplane is due to a flap of fur-covered skin on each side that connects from carpus to tarsus and opens somewhat like a parachute when the limbs are extended.
At a signal, the boy runs off into the field, little legs pumping, dove-white cheeks flushed, and the shadow of the hawk swells on the grass as it closes in on the child at a brisk volplane, then strikes the fake bunny.
However, even though greater gliders may volplane [greater than] 100 m in a single glide (McKay 1983), the species appears to be very sedentary, exhibits high site tenacity, and typically remains within a relatively small home range area (Henry 1984, 1985, Comport et al.