[syn: leap, leaping, spring, saltation, bound, bounce]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Saltation \Sal*ta"tion\, n. [L. saltatio: cf. F. saltation.]
1. A leaping or jumping.
Continued his saltation without pause. --Sir W.
2. Beating or palpitation; as, the saltation of the great
3. (Biol.) An abrupt and marked variation in the condition or
appearance of a species; a sudden modification which may
give rise to new races.
We greatly suspect that nature does make
considerable jumps in the way of variation now and
then, and that these saltations give rise to some of
the gaps which appear to exist in the series of
known forms. --Huxley.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: (geology) the leaping movement of sand or soil particles as
they are transported in a fluid medium over an uneven
2: (genetics) a mutation that drastically changes the phenotype
of an organism or species
3: an abrupt transition; "a successful leap from college to the
major leagues" [syn: leap, jump, saltation]
4: taking a series of rhythmical steps (and movements) in time
to music [syn: dancing, dance, terpsichore,
5: a light, self-propelled movement upwards or forwards [syn:
leap, leaping, spring, saltation, bound, bounce]