- a sudden discontinuity in a line of descent.
- a mutation.
Origin of saltation
Related Words for saltationplunge, dive, rise, upsurge, bounce, hurdle, fall, vault, drop, swerve, plummet, canter, dance, spring, bound, caper, jar, lurch, start, hop
Examples from the Web for saltation
Historical Examples of saltation
Saltation is downwind movement of particles in a series of jumps or skips.
Particles are transported by winds through suspension, saltation, and creep.
A saltating grain may hit other grains that jump up to continue the saltation.
As an adaptation to saltation the tibia would elongate at the expense of the femur and the index would be more than 100.
Long tail and long hind foot would seem to be specializations for saltation and the two would be expected to be correlated.
Word Origin for saltation
"a leap, a bound," 1620s, from Latin saltationem (nominative saltatio) "a dancing; dance," noun of action from past participle stem of saltare "to hop, dance," frequentative of salire "to leap" (see salient (adj.)).