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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A highly stable, wavelike state of localized oscillations that develops in masses of small granular particles or of some liquids when lying on a flat surface that is vibrating at certain resonant frequencies.

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  • noun physics A form of soliton observed in a granular environment

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[oscill(ate) + –on.]

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