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soliton

[sol-i-ton] /ˈsɒl ɪˌtɒn/
Mathematics, Physics.
1.
a solution of a certain type of partial differential equation that represents a solitary wave.
2.
(loosely) a solitary wave.
Origin
1960-1965
1960-65; solit(ary) + -on1
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  • However, a temporal optical soliton has never been observed at the scale of integrated photonics.
British Dictionary definitions for soliton

soliton

/ˈsɒlɪˌtɒn/
noun
1.
(physics) an isolated particle-like wave that is a solution of certain equations for propagation, occurring when two solitary waves do not change their form after collision and subsequently travelling for considerable distances
Word Origin
C20: from solit(ary) + -on
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