Definitions for saltationsælˈteɪ ʃən

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

sal•ta•tionsælˈteɪ ʃən(n.)

  1. a dancing or leaping movement.

  2. an abrupt movement or transition.

  3. Biol. a sudden discontinuity in a line of descent. a mutation.

    Category: Biology, Genetics

Origin of saltation:

1640–50; < L saltātiō dancing =saltā(re) to jump about, dance, freq. of salire to jump +-tiō -tion


Princeton's WordNet

  1. saltation(noun)

    (geology) the leaping movement of sand or soil particles as they are transported in a fluid medium over an uneven surface

  2. saltation(noun)

    (genetics) a mutation that drastically changes the phenotype of an organism or species

  3. leap, jump, saltation(noun)

    an abrupt transition

    "a successful leap from college to the major leagues"

  4. dancing, dance, terpsichore, saltation(noun)

    taking a series of rhythmical steps (and movements) in time to music

  5. leap, leaping, spring, saltation, bound, bounce(noun)

    a light, self-propelled movement upwards or forwards


  1. saltation(Noun)

    A leap, jump or dance.

  2. saltation(Noun)

    A sudden change from one generation to the next; a mutation.

  3. saltation(Noun)

    Any abrupt transition.

  4. Origin: From the saltus.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Saltation(noun)

    a leaping or jumping

  2. Saltation(noun)

    beating or palpitation; as, the saltation of the great artery

  3. Saltation(noun)

    an abrupt and marked variation in the condition or appearance of a species; a sudden modification which may give rise to new races


  1. Saltation

    In biology, saltation is a sudden change from one generation to the next, that is large, or very large, in comparison with the usual variation of an organism. The term is used for occasionally hypothesized, nongradual changes that are atypical of, or violate, standard concepts - gradualism - involved in modern evolutionary theory.


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