What does saltation mean?

Definitions for saltation
sælˈteɪ ʃənsalta·tion

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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

  4. Origin: [L. saltatio: cf. F. saltation.]


  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.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of saltation in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of saltation in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

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