Etymology
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saltation (n.)

"a leap, a bound, act or movement of leaping," 1620s, from Latin saltationem (nominative saltatio) "a dancing; dance," noun of action from past-participle stem of saltare "to hop, to dance," frequentative of salire "to leap" (see salient (adj.)). Given several technical and scientific senses in 20c.

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Definitions of saltation

saltation (n.)
a light, self-propelled movement upwards or forwards;
Synonyms: leap / leaping / spring / bound / bounce
saltation (n.)
(geology) the leaping movement of sand or soil particles as they are transported in a fluid medium over an uneven surface;
saltation (n.)
(genetics) a mutation that drastically changes the phenotype of an organism or species;
saltation (n.)
an abrupt transition;
Synonyms: leap / jump
saltation (n.)
taking a series of rhythmical steps (and movements) in time to music;
Synonyms: dancing / dance / terpsichore
From wordnet.princeton.edu