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soliton Syllabification: sol·i·ton
Pronunciation: /ˈsälətän/

Definition of soliton in English:


A quantum or quasiparticle propagated as a traveling nondissipative wave that 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.


1960s: from solitary + -on.

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