Definitions of saltation
  1. noun
    a light, self-propelled movement upwards or forwards
    synonyms: bounce, bound, leap, leaping, spring
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    caper, capriole
    a playful leap or hop
    the act of pouncing
    type of:
    jump, jumping
    the act of jumping; propelling yourself off the ground
  2. noun
    taking a series of rhythmical steps (and movements) in time to music
    synonyms: dance, dancing, terpsichore
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    a slow section of a pas de deux requiring great skill and strength by the dancers
    break dance, break dancing
    a form of solo dancing that involves rapid acrobatic moves in which different parts of the body touch the ground; normally performed to the rhythm of rap music
    a court dance of the 16th century; consisted of short advances and retreats
    nauch, nautch, nautch dance
    an intricate traditional dance in India performed by professional dancing girls
    pavan, pavane
    a stately court dance of the 16th and 17th centuries
    dance movements that are linked in a single choreographic sequence
    a stately court dance of the 17th and 18th centuries; in slow time
    a rhythmic dance to reggae music performed by bending forward and extending the hands while bending the knees
    slam dance, slam dancing
    a form of dancing in which dancers slam into one another; normally performed to punk rock
    hoofing, step dancing
    dancing in which the steps are more important than gestures or postures
    toe dance, toe dancing
    a dance performed on tiptoe
    choreography, stage dancing
    a show involving artistic dancing
    pas seul, variation
    (ballet) a solo dance or dance figure
    duet, pas de deux
    (ballet) a dance for two people (usually a ballerina and a danseur noble)
    pas de trois
    (ballet) a dance for three people
    pas de quatre
    (ballet) a dance for four people
    social dancing
    dancing as part of a social occasion
    a Latin American dance similar in rhythm to the rumba
    ceremonial dance, ritual dance, ritual dancing
    a dance that is part of a religious ritual
    tap dance, tap dancing
    a dance step tapped out audibly with the feet
    ballet, concert dance
    a theatrical representation of a story that is performed to music by trained dancers
    modern dance
    a style of theatrical dancing that is not as restricted as classical ballet; movements are expressive of feelings
    apache dance
    a violent fast dance in French vaudeville (an apache is a member of the French underworld)
    belly dance, belly dancing, danse du ventre
    a Middle Eastern dance in which the dancer makes sensuous movements of the hips and abdomen
    a Spanish dance in triple time accompanied by guitar and castanets
    a strutting dance based on a march; was performed in minstrel shows; originated as a competition among Black dancers to win a cake
    a high-kicking dance of French origin performed by a female chorus line
    nude dancing
    erotic dancing with little or no clothing
    a jerky American dance that was popular in the 1940s
    lindy, lindy hop
    an energetic American dance that was popular in the 1930s (probably named for the aviator Charles Lindbergh)
    a provocative Spanish courtship dance in triple time; performed by a man and a woman playing castanets
    flamenco, gypsy dancing
    a style of dancing characteristic of the Andalusian Gypsies; vigorous and rhythmic with clapping and stamping of feet
    an old formal French dance in quadruple time
    a Cuban dance in duple time
    a lively dance step consisting of hopping on each foot in turn
    lively dancing (usually to ragtime music) with much shaking of the shoulders and hips
    a dance involving a rhythmical stamping step
    tarantella, tarantelle
    a lively whirling Italian dance for two persons
    social dancing in which couples vigorously twist their hips and arms in time to the music; was popular in the 1960s
    ballroom dance, ballroom dancing
    any of a variety of social dances performed by couples in a ballroom
    folk dance, folk dancing
    a style of dancing that originated among ordinary people (not in the royal courts)
    apache devil dance
    a ritual dance of the Apache
    dance of death, danse macabre
    a medieval dance in which a skeleton representing death leads a procession of others to the grave
    ghost dance
    a religious dance of Native Americans looking for communication with the dead
    an ancient Greek dance imitating the motions of warfare
    rain dance
    a ritual dance intended to bring rain
    snake dance
    a ceremonial dance (as by the Hopi) in which snakes are handled or invoked
    sun dance
    a ceremonial dance performed by Amerindians at the summer solstice
    war dance
    a ceremonial dance performed before a battle or after a victory
    type of:
    diversion, recreation
    an activity that diverts or amuses or stimulates
    performing arts
    arts or skills that require public performance
  3. noun
    an abrupt transition
    synonyms: jump, leap
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    quantum jump
    (physics) an abrupt transition of an electron or atom or molecule from one quantum state to another with the emission or absorption of a quantum
    type of:
    a change from one place or state or subject or stage to another
  4. noun
    (genetics) a mutation that drastically changes the phenotype of an organism or species
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    chromosomal mutation, genetic mutation, mutation
    (genetics) any event that changes genetic structure; any alteration in the inherited nucleic acid sequence of the genotype of an organism
  5. noun
    (geology) the leaping movement of sand or soil particles as they are transported in a fluid medium over an uneven surface
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    action, activity, natural action, natural process
    a process existing in or produced by nature (rather than by the intent of human beings)
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