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Noun: solitary wave
  1. (physics) a quantum of energy or quasiparticle that can be propagated as a travelling 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, soliton wave

Derived forms: solitary waves

Type of: traveling wave [US], travelling wave [Brit, Cdn]

Encyclopedia: Solitary wave