a dancing, hopping, or leaping movement.
an abrupt movement or transition.
Geology. intermittent, leaping movement of particles of sand or gravel, as from the force of wind or running water.
a sudden discontinuity in a line of descent.
- sal·ta·tion·al, adjective
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How to use saltation in a sentence
As an adaptation to saltation the tibia would elongate at the expense of the femur and the index would be more than 100.Speciation in the Kangaroo Rat, Dipodomys ordii | Henry W. Setzer
Long tail and long hind foot would seem to be specializations for saltation and the two would be expected to be correlated.Speciation in the Kangaroo Rat, Dipodomys ordii | Henry W. Setzer
Life must be taken with a grain of saltation: let the spirit dance a measure or two ere it collapse.Pipefuls | Christopher Morley
saltation is downwind movement of particles in a series of jumps or skips.Deserts | A. S. Walker
Particles are transported by winds through suspension, saltation, and creep.Deserts | A. S. Walker
British Dictionary definitions for saltation
biology an abrupt variation in the appearance of an organism, species, etc, usually caused by genetic mutation
geology the leaping movement of sand or soil particles carried in water or by the wind
a sudden abrupt movement or transition
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Scientific definitions for saltation
A single mutation that drastically alters the phenotype.
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