mollifier

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

mollify +‎ -er

Noun[edit]

mollifier (plural mollifiers)

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  1. One who mollifies.
    • Lord Halifax
      [] the Lord Treasurer, who ever secretly feigned himself to be a Moderator and Mollifier of the Catholicks Afflictions []
  2. (mathematics) An "approximation to the identity", a smooth function with special properties, used in distribution theory to create sequences of smooth functions approximating nonsmooth (generalized) functions, via convolution.
    • 2009, Notices of the American Mathematical Society[1], volume 56, number 6:
      I particularly remember how, at that time, I was using his mollifier method to study the zero density of L-functions and was stuck with something.