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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.]
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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]
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014
1. a dancing or leaping movement.
2. an abrupt movement or transition.
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]
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|Noun||1.||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
|2.||saltation - (genetics) a mutation that drastically changes the phenotype of an organism or species|
|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 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
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
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
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 forwards|
jumping, jump - the act of jumping; propelling yourself off the ground; "he advanced in a series of jumps"; "the jumping was unexpected"
pounce - the act of pouncing
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