Definition of Solitary wave
1. Noun. (physics) a quantum of energy or quasiparticle that can be propagated as a traveling 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 waves can travel long distances with little loss of energy or structure"
Category relationships: Natural Philosophy, Physics
Generic synonyms: Traveling Wave, Travelling Wave
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Literary usage of Solitary wave
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1. Mathematical and Physical Papers by Sir George Gabriel Stokes, Baron John William Strutt Rayleigh (1905)
"IN a paper on the solitary wave by Mr J. McCowan, printed in the July number of the Philosophical Magazine, for a copy of which I am indebted to the ..."
2. Scientific Papers by John William Strutt Rayleigh (1899)
"... his treatise on Tides and Waves, still probably the best authority on the subject, appears not to recognize anything distinctive in the solitary wave. ..."
3. The Advanced Part of A Treatise on the Dynamics of a System of Rigid Bodies by Edward John Routh (1905)
"It appears therefore that if a solitary wave travel up the chain, ... If the chain is homogeneous, the boundaries of a solitary wave travel up the chain ..."
4. A Treatise on Hydrodynamics: With Numerous Examples by Alfred Barnard Basset (1888)
"The solitary wave. 410. The theory of irrotational waves of permanent type depends upon the assumption, that it is possible for an infinite train of similar ..."
5. Report of the Annual Meeting (1847)
"It is the opinion of Mr. Russell that the solitary wave is a phenomenon ssi generis, ... Should it be correct, the analytical character of the solitary wave ..."
6. Naval Architecture by Cecil Hobart Peabody (1917)
"(16) (I) If the volume of water acted on to form a solitary wave exceeds the volume AmW of the wave having a height equal to the depth in the canal, ..."
7. Naval Architecture by Cecil Hobart Peabody (1911)
"(16) (I) If the volume of water acted on to form a solitary wave exceeds the ... It is possible that an attempt to form a solitary wave may result in the ..."