• WordNet 3.6
    • n saltation a light, self-propelled movement upwards or forwards
    • n saltation taking a series of rhythmical steps (and movements) in time to music
    • n saltation an abrupt transition "a successful leap from college to the major leagues"
    • n saltation (genetics) a mutation that drastically changes the phenotype of an organism or species
    • n saltation (geology) the leaping movement of sand or soil particles as they are transported in a fluid medium over an uneven surface
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Saltation A leaping or jumping. "Continued his saltation without pause."
    • Saltation (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."
    • Saltation Beating or palpitation; as, the saltation of the great artery.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n saltation Saltatory action; the act or movement of leaping, or effecting a saltus; a leap or jump; hence, abrupt transition or change.
    • n saltation Jumping movement; beating or palpitation.
    • n saltation The name ‘saltation,’ or in recent years ‘mutation, has been applied to extreme fluctuation, the immediate cause of which is unknown. The experiments of Dr. Hugo de Vries on the saltations of the descendants of an American form of evening primrose (Œnothera lamarckiana) have recently drawn general attention again to the possibility that saltation has had a large part in the process of formation of species.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Saltation a leaping or jumping: beating or palpitation:
    • n Saltation (biol.) an abrupt variation
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. saltatio,: cf. F. saltation,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. saltans, pr.p. of saltāre, -ātum, inten. of salīre, to leap.


In literature:

Saltat senex, as it is in the proverb; he does triumph in his felicity, admires the party!
"Epicoene" by Ben Jonson
It was posturing rather than saltation.
"Samoa, A Hundred Years Ago And Long Before" by George Turner
In the heat of noon, in the cool of the evening, day after day there was no rest for them, their saltation was without end.
"Folk-lore and Legends: German" by Anonymous
Phoebe minor, however, executed gleeful saltations in honour of his arrival.
"Love's Usuries" by Louis Creswicke
Mr. Durnford found this Saltator "pretty common" near Baradero, on low scrubby ground near water, and afterwards obtained it near Salta.
"Argentine Ornithology, Volume I (of 2)" by P. L. Sclater

In news:

Just a few hours south of Brownsville, you can find White-crowned Parrot, Black-headed Saltator, Flame-colored Tanager, and other tropical treasures.

In science:

To initiate saltation some grains have to be entrained directly by the air.
A Continuum Saltation Model for Sand Dunes
Through this feedback mechanism the saltation dynamics reaches an equilibrium state, characterized by a saturated density ρs and an average velocity us of the saltating grains.
A Continuum Saltation Model for Sand Dunes
Here, ρ(x, t) and u(x, t) denote the density and velocity of the grains in the saltation layer, respectively.
A Continuum Saltation Model for Sand Dunes
At the top zm of the saltation layer, the air born shear stress τa has to be equal to the overall shear stress τ , τa (zm ) = τ .
A Continuum Saltation Model for Sand Dunes
Here, vef f is an effective wind velocity, which is the wind speed taken at a reference height z1 within the saltation layer.
A Continuum Saltation Model for Sand Dunes