Definition of soliton in English:

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soliton

Pronunciation: /ˈsɒlɪtɒn/

noun

Physics
A quantum or quasiparticle propagated as a travelling non-dissipative wave which is neither preceded nor followed by another such disturbance.
Example sentences
  • Paolo Di Trapani of the University of Insubria in Como, Italy, and his colleagues, came up with a pulse shape that combines attributes of both solitons and linear X waves.
  • And because atoms have weight - unlike photons - solitons respond in an easily measured fashion to gravity shifts.
  • Though the depression solitons were eventually damped by viscosity, they maintained the shape and velocity required by the standard soliton equations as they traveled across the channel.

Origin

1960s: from solitary + -on.

For editors and proofreaders

Line breaks: soli|ton

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