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saltus

[sal-tuh s, sawl-] /ˈsæl təs, ˈsɔl-/
noun, plural saltuses. Mathematics
1.
oscillation (def 5b).
Origin of saltus
1655-1665
1655-65; < New Latin, Latin: a leap. See salt2
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  • The letters which followed me to Mexico City from Mr. saltus said that his father was going downhill rapidly.

    Edgar Saltus: The Man Marie Saltus
  • Moreover saltus's style may be said to possess American characteristics.

    The Merry-Go-Round Carl Van Vechten
  • "How much we have had to learn since those days," Mr. saltus remarked the last time we sat there.

    Edgar Saltus: The Man Marie Saltus
  • Indeed, if you are searching for the soul of saltus you could not do better than turn to this chapter.

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  • Mr. saltus gave it one look, and, in his own words, "miawed at the door and begged."

    Edgar Saltus: The Man Marie Saltus
  • saltus has (or had) an exuberant fondness for Donizetti and Rossini.

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  • It began in the dining-room after dinner while Mr. saltus was enjoying his usual cigar.

    Edgar Saltus: The Man Marie Saltus
  • "Eden" is the third of saltus's fictions and possibly the poorest of the three.

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  • Dropping the hose when he saw me Mr. saltus turned,—but he had no chance to escape or explain.

    Edgar Saltus: The Man Marie Saltus
  • Heyse's play appeared in 1899, eight years after saltus's novel.

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British Dictionary definitions for saltus

saltus

/ˈsæltəs/
noun (pl) -tuses
1.
a break in the continuity of a sequence, esp the omission of a necessary step in a logical argument
Word Origin
Latin: a leap
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