1(of an animal) able to fly or glide.‘newly volant young’
fast, swift, rapid, speedy, high-speed, expeditiousView synonyms
- ‘Based on the fact that young M. lucifugus are volant at three weeks of age, parturition on Brier Island must have occurred by 25 June.’
- ‘Among volant insects, behavior and time spent in flight varies greatly, both influencing probability of being swept off by the air stream.’
- ‘The positive allometry of flight speeds ensures that translational speeds of volant vertebrate predators substantially exceed those of their insectan prey.’
- ‘All birds-even the largest volant species, have relatively low wing loadings relative to, for example, airplanes.’
- ‘Fossils of volant paleoganthous carinate birds from the Paleocene and Eocene appear phenetically most similar to tinamiform birds.’
- 1.1Relating to or characterized by flight.
[usually postpositive]Represented as flying.‘a falcon volant’
- 1.3literary Moving rapidly or lightly.‘her sails caught a volant wind’
Mid 16th century (as a military term in the sense ‘capable of rapid movement’): from French, literally flying, present participle of voler, from Latin volare to fly.