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1 (geology) the leaping movement of sand or soil particles as they are transported in a fluid medium over an uneven surface
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]

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From the Latin, saltus, to leap.


  1. a leap, jump or dance
  2. a sudden change from one generation to the next; a mutation
  3. any abrupt transition

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