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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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