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Friday, June 13, 2014

ambulant

\AM-byuh-luhnt\ , adjective;
1.
moving from place to place; itinerant; shifting.
2.
Medicine/Medical. a. not confined to bed; able or strong enough to walk. b. serving patients who are able to walk.
Quotes:
...rolling, ambulant streets where nothing stands still, nothing is fixed, nothing is comprehensible except through the eyes and mind of a dreamer.
-- Henry Miller, Sexus, 1949
The encounter with these ambulant highnesses had been fatal — Lansing now perceived it — to Mrs. Hick's principles.
-- Edith Wharton, The Glimpses of the Moon, 1922
Origin:
Ambulant comes from the Latin ambulāre meaning "to walk." It entered English in the mid-1600s.
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