sal·ta·tion /sælˈteʃən, sɔl-/
sal·ta·tion /sælˈteʃən, sɔl-/ 名詞
1. A leaping or jumping.
Continued his saltation without pause. --Sir W. Scott.
2. Beating or palpitation; as, the saltation of the great artery.
3. Biol. An abrupt and marked variation in the condition or appearance of a species; a sudden modification which may give rise to new races.
We greatly suspect that nature does make considerable jumps in the way of variation now and then, and that these saltations give rise to some of the gaps which appear to exist in the series of known forms. --Huxley.
n 1: (geology) the leaping movement of sand or soil particles as
they are transported in a fluid medium over an uneven
2: a mutation that drastically changes the phenotype of an
organism or species
3: an abrupt transition; "a successful leap from college to the
major leagues" [syn: leap, jump]
4: taking a series of rhythmical steps (and movements) in time
to music [syn: dancing, dance, terpsichore]
5: a light springing movement upwards or forwards [syn: leap,
leaping, spring, bound, bounce]