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Volant  adj.  
Passing through the air upon wings, or as if upon wings; flying; hence, passing from place to place; current. "English silver now was current, and our gold volant in the pope's court."
Nimble; light and quick; active; rapid. "His volant touch."
(Her.) Represented as flying, or having the wings spread; as, an eagle volant.
Volant piece (Anc. Armor), an adjustable piece of armor, for guarding the throat, etc., in a joust.

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"Volant" Quotes from Famous Books

... there, good and charitable lady!" replied the mattress-picker. "But there was a game at pool going on at the Cafe des Savants, Rue du Cerf-Volant, and every man has his fancy. Now, mine is billiards. If it wasn't for billiards, I might be eating off silver plate. For, I tell you this," and he fumbled for a scrap of paper in his ragged trousers pocket, "it is billiards ...
— Poor Relations • Honore de Balzac

... not very remarkable. The moment when Chagford came most violently into contact with public affairs was that mentioned by Lord Clarendon, and most heartily must the inhabitants have wished themselves back in their usual peaceful solitude. Sir John Berkeley, at that time, 'with a good party, volant, of horse and dragoons,' was descending in 'all places in the surrounding country where Parliamentarians were known to be assembled, "dissolving" them, and taking many prisoners.' Of one of these 'necessary and brisk expeditions' Chagford was the goal, ...
— Devon, Its Moorlands, Streams and Coasts • Rosalind Northcote

... fact; Vulnant she felt What pin-stab should have stained Another's pelt Puncture her own Colonial lung-balloon, Volant to nigh meridian. Whence rebuffed, The perjured Scythian she lacked At need's pinch, sick with spleen of the rudely cuffed Below her breath she cursed; she cursed the hour When on her spring for ...
— The Book of Humorous Verse • Various

... dust, through the volant vast Flung like chaff, as ashes cast To the nether storms, I sank, pride past, On the waiting wings of the ...
— Iolaeus - The man that was a ghost • James A. Mackereth

... insinuations, that that good Georgine, as he familiarly called her, had done many more things than people gave her credit for. And he went on to add: "Surely, you must have heard of the row about her between Givrac and the Homme- Volant at the Cirque?" ...
— Jacqueline, v1 • Th. Bentzon (Mme. Blanc)

... the farther end of the village appeared an iron gate, of considerable size, dividing a lofty stone wall. And upon the top of that one of the stone pillars supporting the gate which I could see, stood a creature of stone, whether natant, volant, passant, couchant, or rampant, I could not tell, only it looked like something terrible enough for ...
— Annals of a Quiet Neighbourhood • George MacDonald

... day the declivity of the Coeur-Volant, between Saint Germain and Marly. The Marquises de Maintenon and d'Hudicourt were in my carriage with M. le Duc du Maine, so far as I can remember. We were going at the pace which I have just told, and my outriders, who rode in advance, ...
— The Memoirs of Madame de Montespan, Complete • Madame La Marquise De Montespan

... with many coarse insinuations, that that good Georgine, as he familiarly called her, had done many more things than people gave her credit for. And he went on to add: "Surely, you must have heard of the row about her between Givrac and the Homme-Volant at the Cirque?" ...
— Jacqueline, Complete • (Mme. Blanc) Th. Bentzon

... and shuttlecock in the picture-gallery, and my lady laughed when her volant struck some reverend judge or venerable bishop a rap on the nose. They sat for hours twanging guitars, Hyacinth taking her music-lesson from De Malfort, whose exquisite taste and touch made a guitar seem a different instrument from that on which his pupil's delicate fingers ...
— London Pride - Or When the World Was Younger • M. E. Braddon

... "Cerf-volant").—Some years ago, when reading Dr. Paris' popular work called Philosophy in Sport made Science in Earnest, 5th edition, London, J. Murray, 1842, I observed that the author could not explain the meaning of the French term "cerf-volant," applied to the toy so well known among boys in England as a "kite," and in Scotland as a "dragon." The following passages will solve ...
— Notes and Queries, Issue No. 61, December 28, 1850 • Various

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