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Meaning of principle of superposition

prin'ciple of superposi'tion

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— Physics. Physics.
  1. any of several physical laws that the resultant of similar vector quantities at a point is a function of the sum of the individual quantities, esp. the law that the displacement at a point in a medium undergoing simple harmonic motion is equal to the sum of the displacements of each individual wave. Also called
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