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English noun: saltation

1. saltation (process) (geology) the leaping movement of sand or soil particles as they are transported in a fluid medium over an uneven surface

Broader (hypernym)action, activity, natural action, natural process

Domain categorygeology

2. saltation (event) (genetics) a mutation that drastically changes the phenotype of an organism or species

Broader (hypernym)chromosomal mutation, genetic mutation, mutation

Domain categorygenetic science, genetics

3. saltation (event) an abrupt transition

SamplesA successful leap from college to the major leagues.

Synonymsjump, leap

Broader (hypernym)transition

Narrower (hyponym)quantum jump

4. saltation (act) taking a series of rhythmical steps (and movements) in time to music

Synonymsdance, dancing, terpsichore

Broader (hypernym)diversion, performing arts, recreation

Narrower (hyponym)adagio, break dance, break dancing, ceremonial dance, choreography, courante, duet, hoofing, mambo, nauch, nautch, nautch dance, pas de deux, pas de quatre, pas de trois, pas seul, pavan, pavane, phrase, ritual dance, ritual dancing, saraband, skank, slam dance, slam dancing, social dancing, stage dancing, step dancing, toe dance, toe dancing, variation

Domain category membersbelly dance, busker, clog, dance, heel, jive, shimmy, sidestep, tap, tap dance, trip the light fantastic, trip the light fantastic toe

5. saltation (act) a light, self-propelled movement upwards or forwards

Synonymsbounce, bound, leap, leaping, spring

Broader (hypernym)jump, jumping

Narrower (hyponym)caper, capriole, pounce

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