Saltant
Saltant Sal"tant, a. [L. saltans, p. pr. of saltare to dance, v. intens. fr. salire to leap: cf. F. sautant. See {Sally}, v.] 1. Leaping; jumping; dancing. [1913 Webster]

2. (Her.) In a leaping position; springing forward; -- applied especially to the squirrel, weasel, and rat, also to the cat, greyhound, monkey, etc. [1913 Webster]


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  • saltant — [sal′tənt] adj. [L saltans, prp. of saltare, to leap, freq. of salire: see SALIENT] Now Rare leaping; dancing …   English World dictionary

  • saltant — /sal tnt/, adj. dancing; leaping; jumping. [1595 1605; < L saltant (s. of saltans, prp. of saltare to jump about, dance, freq. of salire to jump), equiv. to sal jump + t freq. suffix + ant ANT] * * * …   Universalium

  • saltant — I. ˈsaltənt, ˈsȯl , ltənt adjective Etymology: Latin saltant , saltans, present participle of saltare to jump, leap, dance, from saltus, past participle of salire to jump, leap more at sally : dancing, leaping II. noun ( …   Useful english dictionary

  • saltant — sal|tant Mot Agut Nom masculí …   Diccionari Català-Català

  • saltant — sal·tant …   English syllables

  • saltant — /ˈsæltənt/ (say saltuhnt) adjective dancing; leaping; jumping. {Latin saltans, present participle} …   Australian English dictionary

  • saltant —   a. leaping; dancing; Biology, exhibiting saltation.    ♦ saltation, n. act of leaping or dancing; spurt; sudden metamorphosis; mutation.    ♦ saltativeness, n. ability to jump.    ♦ saltatorial,    ♦ saltatory, a. pertaining to leaping or… …   Dictionary of difficult words

  • Saltate — Sal tate, v. i. [See {Saltant}.] To leap or dance. [R.] [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Saltatory — Sal ta*to ry, a. [L. saltatorius. See {Saltant}, and cf. {Saltire}.] Leaping or dancing; having the power of, or used in, leaping or dancing. [1913 Webster] {Saltatory evolution} (Biol.), a theory of evolution which holds that the transmutation… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Saltatory evolution — Saltatory Sal ta*to ry, a. [L. saltatorius. See {Saltant}, and cf. {Saltire}.] Leaping or dancing; having the power of, or used in, leaping or dancing. [1913 Webster] {Saltatory evolution} (Biol.), a theory of evolution which holds that the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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