adjective Date: 1656 1. archaic of or relating to dancing 2. proceeding by leaps rather than by gradual transitions ; discontinuous

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  • 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 — [sal′tə tôr΄ē] adj. [L saltatorius < pp. of saltare: see SALTANT] 1. of, characterized by, or adapted for leaping or dancing 2. proceeding by abrupt movements or changing by sudden variation …   English World dictionary

  • saltatory — ˈ ̷ ̷ ̷ ̷ˌtōrē adjective Etymology: Latin saltatorius, from saltatus + orius ory 1. : of or relating to dancing the saltatory art 2. : characterized by movement in leaps and bounds saltatory thinking saltatory insects …   Useful english dictionary

  • saltatory — Pertaining to, or characterized by, saltation. * * * sal·ta·to·ry sal tə .tōr ē, sȯl , .tȯr adj proceeding by leaps rather than by gradual transitions <saltatory conduction of impulses in myelinated nerve fibers> * * * sal·ta·to·ry… …   Medical dictionary

  • saltatory — adj. [L. saltare, to leap] Adapted for leaping; see furcula …   Dictionary of invertebrate zoology

  • saltatory — /sal teuh tawr ee, tohr ee/, adj. 1. pertaining to or adapted for saltation. 2. proceeding by abrupt movements. [1615 25; < L saltatorius, equiv. to salta(re) to dance + torius TORY1] * * * …   Universalium

  • saltatory — adjective a) Of or pertaining to leaps or leaping b) That proceeds by leaps rather than by smooth, continuous variation …   Wiktionary

  • saltatory — Synonyms and related words: anabatic, ascendant, ascending, ascensional, ascensive, bouncing, bounding, climbing, convulsive, eclamptic, fidgety, fitful, hopping, in the ascendant, jerking, jerky, jiggety, jumping, jumpy, leaping, mounting,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • saltatory — sal·ta·to·ry || sæltÉ™ tɔːrɪ adj. characterized by jumping or leaping; moving by sudden jumps or leaps …   English contemporary dictionary

  • saltatory — a. Leaping, jumping, skipping, hopping, dancing …   New dictionary of synonyms

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