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saltus

[sal-tuh s, sawl-]
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noun, plural sal·tus·es. Mathematics.
  1. oscillation(def 5b).

Origin of saltus

1655–65; < New Latin, Latin: a leap. See salt2
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Historical Examples

  • "Imperial Purple" marks the high-tide of Saltus's peculiar genius.

    The Merry-Go-Round

    Carl Van Vechten

  • Characteristic of Saltus is the use of the Spanish word for nightingale.

    The Merry-Go-Round

    Carl Van Vechten

  • Saltus then asked Wilde why Dorian Gray was cut by his friends.

    The Merry-Go-Round

    Carl Van Vechten

  • Saltus has (or had) an exuberant fondness for Donizetti and Rossini.

    The Merry-Go-Round

    Carl Van Vechten

  • Heyse's play appeared in 1899, eight years after Saltus's novel.

    The Merry-Go-Round

    Carl Van Vechten


British Dictionary definitions for saltus

saltus

noun plural -tuses
  1. a break in the continuity of a sequence, esp the omission of a necessary step in a logical argument

Word Origin

Latin: a leap
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