- pertaining to or adapted for saltation.
- proceeding by abrupt movements.
Origin of saltatory
1615–25; < Latin saltātōrius, equivalent to saltā(re) to dance + -tōrius -tory1
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Examples from the Web for saltatory
Nature hates calculators; her methods are saltatory and impulsive.Essays, Second Series
Ralph Waldo Emerson
He shifts himself from one foot to another with a saltatory briskness.The Albany Depot
W. D. Howells
Professor Spencer wonders why these creatures are saltatory in habit.The Cambridge Natural History, Vol X., Mammalia
Frank Evers Beddard
This avowal preceded his saltatory approach to Roman Catholicism.Prophets of Dissent
In most cases of “saltatory evolution,” the suddenness is in appearance only.The Arena
- Of, relating to, or adapted for leaping or dancing.
- Proceeding by leaps rather than by smooth, gradual transitions.
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