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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.
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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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A positive outcome of hardsetting behaviour is that it may reduce the wind erodibility of sandy soils, by increasing the resistance to abrasion by saltating sand (Harper and Gilkes 1994).
The critical velocity is partially and in some cases wholly connected to the sliding bed velocity, saltating velocity, suspending velocity, deposit velocity and velocity for homogeneous flow.
The three major forms of sediment transport in the inset channel of a river (suspended, saltating, and tractive transport) also contribute to the formation of floodplain features (Bridge 2003).
1 mm in diameter) are dislodged by saltating particles and represent 3 to 10 percent of eroding particles.