from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of, relating to, or adapted for leaping or dancing.
  • adj. Proceeding by leaps rather than by smooth gradual transitions.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Of or pertaining to leaps or leaping
  • adj. That proceeds by leaps rather than by smooth, continuous variation

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Leaping or dancing; having the power of, or used in, leaping or dancing.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Same as saltatorial.
  • n. A leaper or dancer.


Sorry, no etymologies found.


  • In recent years Bateson in particular has championed the idea of saltatory, or so-called discontinuous evolution, and has collected a number of cases in which more or less marked variations have suddenly appeared.

    Evolution in Modern Thought

  • Professor Strong distinguishes between what he calls 'saltatory' and what he calls 'ambulatory' relations.

    Meaning of Truth

  • They are not 'saltatory' at any rate, for they evoke their consequences contiguously, from next to next only; and not until the final result of the whole associative sequence, actual or potential, is in our mental sight, can we feel sure what its epistemological significance, if it have any, may be.

    Meaning of Truth

  • 'saltatory' inside the idea, that terms drawn from experience cannot describe.

    Meaning of Truth

  • He had, he went on, "dreadful recollections of our taking a house at the seaside ... a doctor's house - out of which we fled the next morning, hopelessly routed by its hordes of saltatory inhabitants."

    By the Seaside, By the Beautiful Sea

  • I think Michael Denton's insight is correct, that Darwin refused to admit the real possibility of saltatory modes of evolutionary change because Darwin identified saltations with miracles.

    Courting the Theists

  • The leading antonym to “continuous” is “discrete”; other ones are: saltatory, sudden, intermittent, indivisible, atomic, particulate, and even monadic.

    Dictionary of the History of Ideas

  • If one accepts saltatory evolution, as for instance,

    At the Deathbed of Darwinism A Series of Papers

  • Again, the saltatory insectivores of Africa (_Macroscelides_) not only resemble the kangaroo family (_Macropodidæ_) in their jumping habits and long hind legs, but also in the structure of their molar teeth, and even further, as I have elsewhere [52] pointed out, in a certain similarity of the upper cutting teeth, or incisors.

    On the Genesis of Species

  • The idea of saltatory evolution he took from Kölliker, who shortly after the publication of the _Origin_ promulgated in a critical note on

    Form and Function A Contribution to the History of Animal Morphology


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