Definitions for quantizeˈkwɒn taɪz
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quan•tizeˈkwɒn taɪz(v.t.)-tized, -tiz•ing.
to restrict (a variable quantity) to discrete values rather than to a continuous set of values.
Category: Physics, Math
to use quantum mechanics to calculate or express (the behavior of a physical system).
Origin of quantize:
1920–25; quant (um ) + -ize
approximate (a signal varying continuously in amplitude) by one whose amplitude is restricted to a prescribed set of discrete values
apply quantum theory to; restrict the number of possible values of (a quantity) or states of (a physical entity or system) so that certain variables can assume only certain discrete magnitudes that are integral multiples of a common factor
To limit the number of possible values of a quantity, or states of a system, by applying the rules of quantum mechanics
To approximate a continuously varying signal by one whose amplitude can only have a set of discrete values
To shift each beat in a rhythmic pattern to the nearest beat of a given resolution (eighth note, sixteenth note, etc.), or to adjust the frequency or pitch of a note to the nearest perfect tone in a given musical scale