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[voh-lahn-tey; Italian vaw-lahn-te] /voʊˈlɑn teɪ; Italian vɔˈlɑn tɛ/
adverb, adjective, Music.
moving lightly and quickly.
Origin of volante
1785-95; < Italian: volant Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • It is the mode of stopping a volante, calling a waiter, attracting the attention of a friend, or calling the notice of a stranger.

    To Cuba and Back Richard Henry Dana
  • After breakfast, I take a volante and ride into the town, to deliver my letters.

    To Cuba and Back Richard Henry Dana
  • The volante comes for us next day, with Roqu, brightest of all living caleseros, fixed in his boots and saddle.

    A Trip to Cuba Julia Ward Howe
  • But it is written, the volante shall not upset,—and so it does not.

    A Trip to Cuba Julia Ward Howe
  • When we reached the convent gate, the second volante was empty.

    Rita Laura E. Richards
  • The center of gravity is nowhere in a volante, while it swings and vibrates along softly as a boat on smooth water.

  • Then came the volante, and with heartfelt thanks and regrets we suffered it to take us away.

    A Trip to Cuba Julia Ward Howe
  • It is the volante of the Franconia range, and rides over everything from a bowlder to a wind-slash.

    The Underdog F. Hopkinson Smith
  • The words rapidamente, brillante and volante (flying) have the same meaning as veloce.

  • There is no volante waiting, and I have to take my seat in an omnibus, and wait for the end of the scene.

    To Cuba and Back Richard Henry Dana

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