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Definition of 'saltation'


  1. (geology) the leaping movement of sand or soil particles as they are transported in a fluid medium over an uneven surface
  2. 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"
       Synonyms: leap jump
  4. taking a series of rhythmical steps (and movements) in time to music
       Synonyms: dancing dance terpsichore
  5. a light, self-propelled movement upwards or forwards
       Synonyms: leap leaping spring bound bounce

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