solitary-wave

solitary wave

noun Mathematics, Physics.
a localized disturbance that propagates like a wave but resembles a particle in that it does not disperse, even if it collides with other such waves.
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solitary wave

noun
(physics) a quantum of energy or quasiparticle that can be propagated as a traveling wave in nonlinear systems and is neither preceded nor followed by another such disturbance; does not obey the superposition principle and does not dissipate; "soliton waves can travel long distances with little loss of energy or structure" [syn: soliton
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