"saltation" in the noun sense
geology) the leaping movement of sand or soil particles as they are transported in a fluid medium over an uneven surface
genetics) a mutation that drastically changes the phenotype of an organism or species
3. leap, jump, saltation
an abrupt transition
"a successful leap from college to the major leagues"
4. dancing, dance, terpsichore, saltation
taking a series of rhythmical steps (and movements) in time to music
5. leap, leaping, spring, saltation, bound, bounce
a light, self-propelled movement upwards or forwards
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