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 (săl-tā′shən, sôl-)
1. The act of leaping, jumping, or dancing.
2. Discontinuous movement, transition, or development; advancement by leaps.
3. Genetics A single mutation that drastically alters the phenotype.

[Latin saltātiō, saltātiōn, from saltātus, past participle of saltāre, to leap, frequentative of salīre, to jump; see salient.]


1. (Biology) biology an abrupt variation in the appearance of an organism, species, etc, usually caused by genetic mutation
2. (Geological Science) geology the leaping movement of sand or soil particles carried in water or by the wind
3. a sudden abrupt movement or transition
[C17: from Latin saltātiō a dance, from saltāre to leap about]


(sælˈteɪ ʃən)

1. a dancing or leaping movement.
2. an abrupt movement or transition.
3. Biol.
a. a sudden discontinuity in a line of descent.
b. a mutation.
[1640–50; < Latin saltātiō dancing =saltā(re) to jump about, dance, frequentative of salire to jump + -tiō -tion]
sal•ta′tion•al, adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.saltation - (geology) the leaping movement of sand or soil particles as they are transported in a fluid medium over an uneven surface
geology - a science that deals with the history of the earth as recorded in rocks
natural action, natural process, action, activity - a process existing in or produced by nature (rather than by the intent of human beings); "the action of natural forces"; "volcanic activity"
2.saltation - (genetics) a mutation that drastically changes the phenotype of an organism or species
genetic science, genetics - the branch of biology that studies heredity and variation in organisms
chromosomal mutation, genetic mutation, mutation - (genetics) any event that changes genetic structure; any alteration in the inherited nucleic acid sequence of the genotype of an organism
3.saltation - an abrupt transition; "a successful leap from college to the major leagues"
transition - a change from one place or state or subject or stage to another
quantum jump - (physics) an abrupt transition of an electron or atom or molecule from one quantum state to another with the emission or absorption of a quantum
4.saltation - taking a series of rhythmical steps (and movements) in time to musicsaltation - taking a series of rhythmical steps (and movements) in time to music
sidestep - a step to one side (as in boxing or dancing)
diversion, recreation - an activity that diverts or amuses or stimulates; "scuba diving is provided as a diversion for tourists"; "for recreation he wrote poetry and solved crossword puzzles"; "drug abuse is often regarded as a form of recreation"
adagio - a slow section of a pas de deux requiring great skill and strength by the dancers
break dance, break dancing - a form of solo dancing that involves rapid acrobatic moves in which different parts of the body touch the ground; normally performed to the rhythm of rap music
courante - a court dance of the 16th century; consisted of short advances and retreats
nauch, nautch, nautch dance - an intricate traditional dance in India performed by professional dancing girls
pavan, pavane - a stately court dance of the 16th and 17th centuries
phrase - dance movements that are linked in a single choreographic sequence
saraband - a stately court dance of the 17th and 18th centuries; in slow time
skank - a rhythmic dance to reggae music performed by bending forward and extending the hands while bending the knees
slam dance, slam dancing - a form of dancing in which dancers slam into one another; normally performed to punk rock
hoofing, step dancing - dancing in which the steps are more important than gestures or postures
toe dance, toe dancing - a dance performed on tiptoe
choreography, stage dancing - a show involving artistic dancing
pas seul, variation - (ballet) a solo dance or dance figure
pas de deux, duet - (ballet) a dance for two people (usually a ballerina and a danseur noble)
pas de trois - (ballet) a dance for three people
pas de quatre - (ballet) a dance for four people
social dancing - dancing as part of a social occasion
mambo - a Latin American dance similar in rhythm to the rumba
ceremonial dance, ritual dance, ritual dancing - a dance that is part of a religious ritual
tap - a small metal plate that attaches to the toe or heel of a shoe (as in tap dancing)
performing arts - arts or skills that require public performance
busker - a person who entertains people for money in public places (as by singing or dancing), usually while asking for money
jive - dance to jive music; dance the jive
trip the light fantastic, trip the light fantastic toe, dance - move in a pattern; usually to musical accompaniment; do or perform a dance; "My husband and I like to dance at home to the radio"
clog - dance a clog dance
tap dance - perform a tap dance
belly dance - perform a belly dance
heel - perform with the heels; "heel that dance"
shimmy - dance a shimmy
5.saltation - a light, self-propelled movement upwards or forwardssaltation - a light, self-propelled movement upwards or forwards
jumping, jump - the act of jumping; propelling yourself off the ground; "he advanced in a series of jumps"; "the jumping was unexpected"
capriole, caper - a playful leap or hop
pounce - the act of pouncing
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Determination of the Velocity of Particles Transported by Saltation in Horizontal Ducts
Given the effect of wind, sand grains travel "in a sequence of repeated hops" - a process called saltation - in which they rise above the surface, then crash down to the ground and bounce up again, NASA said in (https://www.
Theoretical-empirical approach to saltation velocity in cyclone design.
Other theories related to evolution such as: punctuated equilibrium (instantaneous evolution), hopeful monsters, and saltation (quantum) speciation (that new species suddenly occur; by Ernst Mayr) have been criticized by the majority of biologists.
As shown in Figure 2(b), there was a small saltation of the control signal (from 0.
We chose this particle size because particles of this size can be transported by saltation on Mars and may accumulate locally (Kok and Renno, 2009).
These particles of dust are transported by saltation and suspension, a process that carries soil from one place and deposits it in another.
If air velocities drop below the material's saltation velocity, (meaning the minimum velocity to transport the material within the airstream) the material will drop out of the air stream and just slide along a pipe or elbow.
These last two, being smaller, can be removed by the wind and transported hundreds of miles, either in suspension high in the atmosphere, or by saltation - the process of bouncing along the ground.
The question does not make sense, because society has been transformed by means of a saltation.
Heavier materials, such as sand and shells, are typically transported landward during the event as either traction or saltation load, where they roll along the surface at the base of the flow or they roll and occasionally become suspended for short periods, respectively.
Notwithstanding these suggestions, and McHale's unfortunate confusion of social phases with artistic movements, an unprecedented technological saltation precipitated the evolution from modernity to postmodernity.