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tr.v. mol·li·fied, mol·li·fy·ing, mol·li·fies
1. To calm the anger of; soothe or appease. See Synonyms at pacify.
2. To lessen, as in intensity; assuage: a meeting to mollify concerns about traffic near the new school.
3. Archaic To reduce the rigidity of; soften.

[Middle English mollifien, from Old French mollifier, from Late Latin mollificāre : Latin mollis, soft; see mel- in Indo-European roots + -ficāre, -fy.]

mol′li·fi′a·ble adj.
mol′li·fi·ca′tion (-fĭ-kā′shən) n.
mol′li·fi′er n.
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References in classic literature ?
such a delicious mollifier! After having my hands in it for only a few minutes, my fingers felt like eels, and began, as it were, to serpentine and spiralize.
We can obtain the regularized system (25) by using standard mollifier. Then we can obtain various estimates and local-in-time existence of a solution for (21).
For example, we may choose [mathematical expression not reproducible] where [[eta].sup.([epsilon])] is a standard mollifier supported in (0, [epsilon]).
where [f.sub.n] (t,x, [lambda]) = f (*, *,[lambda]) * [n.sup.2][omega](nt, nx) is a regularization of the flux f via the standard non-negative mollifier [omega] [member of] [C.sup.[infinity].sub.c][((-1,1).sup.2]) with total mass one, and ([u.sup.0.sub.n]) is a bounded sequence of functions converging strongly in [L.sup.1.sub.loc] (R) toward [u.sub.0] By multiplying (1.4) by sgn([u.sub.n]t,x) - [lambda]) we get after standard manipulations (see also formula (2.8) of the next section):
Let [[rho].sub.[epsilon]](x,y) = [[epsilon].sup.- (2]) [rho](x/[epsilon],y/[epsilon]) ([epsilon] > 0) be a Friedrichs mollifier and for any u [member of] [D.sub.0.sup.1]([ohm]) define
where [j.sub.[epsilon]] is a mollifier. In this case, [phi](u, v) = [phi](r), with r = [square root of ([u.sup.2] + [v.sup.2])].
Karcher, "Riemannian center of mass and mollifier smoothing," Communications on Pure and Applied Mathematics, vol.
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