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Noun: saltation  sal'tey-shun
  1. (geology) the leaping movement of sand or soil particles as they are transported in a fluid medium over an uneven surface
  2. (genetics) a mutation that drastically changes the phenotype of an organism or species
  3. An abrupt transition
    "a successful saltation from college to the major leagues";
    - leap, jump
  4. Taking a series of rhythmical steps (and movements) in time to music
    - dancing, dance, terpsichore
  5. A light, self-propelled movement upwards or forwards
    - leap, leaping, spring, bound, bounce

Derived forms: saltations

Type of: action, activity, chromosomal mutation, diversion, genetic mutation, jump, jumping, mutation, natural action, natural process, performing arts, recreation, transition

Encyclopedia: Saltation