soliton

[sol-i-ton]
Mathematics, Physics.
  1. a solution of a certain type of partial differential equation that represents a solitary wave.
  2. (loosely) a solitary wave.

Origin of soliton

First recorded in 1960–65; solit(ary) + -on1
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British Dictionary definitions for soliton

soliton

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 for soliton

C20: from solit (ary) + -on
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