soliton

noun
sol·​i·​ton | \ ˈsä-lə-ˌtän How to pronounce soliton (audio) \

Definition of soliton

: a solitary wave (as in a gaseous plasma) that propagates with little loss of energy and retains its shape and speed after colliding with another such wave

First Known Use of soliton

1965, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for soliton

solitary + -on entry 2

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“Soliton.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/soliton. Accessed 27 Oct. 2020.

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