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Saltation   Listen

(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.
An abrupt transition.  Synonyms: jump, leap.
Taking a series of rhythmical steps (and movements) in time to music.  Synonyms: dance, dancing, terpsichore.
A light, self-propelled movement upwards or forwards.  Synonyms: bounce, bound, leap, leaping, spring.

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"Saltation" Quotes from Famous Books

... Serge and Mr. Angora were bitterly jealous of each other, and a rupture was imminent. Under the circumstances, Mr. Cashmere, while assuring everybody of his whole-hearted support, had a private reservation of judgment to be finally settled by the directional feline saltation. ...
— Marge Askinforit • Barry Pain

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