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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. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • I am a solitary wave in the dark and desolate sea: and the sparkling glass I drank was drugged with misery.

    Peter Schlemihl Adelbert von Chamisso

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