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ˈkwɒn təmquan·tum

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. quantumnoun

    a discrete amount of something that is analogous to the quantities in quantum theory

  2. quantumnoun

    (physics) the smallest discrete quantity of some physical property that a system can possess (according to quantum theory)

Wiktionary

  1. quantumnoun

    The total amount of something; quantity.

    Etymology: From quantum, noun use of neuter form of quantus.

  2. quantumnoun

    The amount or quantity observably present, or available.

    Etymology: From quantum, noun use of neuter form of quantus.

  3. quantumnoun

    The smallest possible, and therefore indivisible, unit of a given quantity or quantifiable phenomenon.

    Etymology: From quantum, noun use of neuter form of quantus.

  4. quantumadjective

    Of a change, sudden or discrete, without intermediate stages.

    Etymology: From quantum, noun use of neuter form of quantus.

  5. quantumadjective

    Of a change, significant.

    Etymology: From quantum, noun use of neuter form of quantus.

  6. quantumadjective

    Involving quanta

    Etymology: From quantum, noun use of neuter form of quantus.

  7. quantumadjective

    Relating to a quantum computer

    Etymology: From quantum, noun use of neuter form of quantus.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Quantumnoun

    quantity; amount

    Etymology: [L., neuter of quantus how great, how much. See Quantity,]

  2. Quantumnoun

    a definite portion of a manifoldness, limited by a mark or by a boundary

    Etymology: [L., neuter of quantus how great, how much. See Quantity,]

Freebase

  1. Quantum

    In physics, a quantum is the minimum amount of any physical entity involved in an interaction. Behind this, one finds the fundamental notion that a physical property may be "quantized," referred to as "the hypothesis of quantization". This means that the magnitude can take on only certain discrete values. There is a related term of quantum number. An example of an entity that is quantized is the energy transfer of elementary particles of matter through bosons and of photons. A photon is a single quantum of light, and is referred to as a "light quantum". The energy of an electron bound to an atom orbital is said to be quantized, which results in the stability of atoms, and of matter in general. As incorporated into the theory of quantum mechanics, this is regarded by physicists as part of the fundamental framework for understanding and describing nature at the infinitesimal level. Normally quanta are considered to be discrete packets with energy stored in them. Max Planck considered these quanta to be particles that can change their form. This phenomenon can be observed in black-body radiation during temperature fluctuation.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Quantum

    kwon′tum, n. quantity: amount:—pl. Quan′ta.—Quantum sufficit—as much as is sufficient. [L. quantum, neut. of quantus, how great.]

Editors Contribution

  1. Quantum

    An amount of energy or data expressed as a quantity.

    Quantum computing is progressing towards reality.

    Submitted by anonymous on May 29, 2017  

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of quantum in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of quantum in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of quantum in a Sentence

  1. Yehuda Zaks:

    I think it'll be easier for us to live normally. It's been very difficult when we can't even build a house for our children to live near us, but I'm not expecting a quantum leap from one end to the other.

  2. Jake Sullivan:

    Trump is literally leaving a vacuum for China to fill, you've got someone in the Oval Office who is fixated on steel, coal and battleships, instead of quantum computing, AI (artificial intelligence) and biotechnology.

  3. Musin Almat Zhumabekovich:

    1. Quantum reincarnations in past life archeology. Karmic cycles of the DNA of the reincarnation of thinking in the DNA spiral of the subconscious. DNA is a temporary loop of infantile depravity and despair, awareness is a wormhole of a quantum portal from one dimension to another. Author: Musin Almat Zhumabekovich

  4. The BIS:

    These abrupt market movements (in October) were even more pronounced than similar developments in August, when a sudden correction in global financial markets was quickly succeeded by renewed buoyant market conditions, this suggests that more than a quantum of fragility underlies the current elevated mood in financial markets.

  5. Musin Almat Zhumabekovich:

    Thinking is a neural-gene transformation under the influence of instinctual defects and vices, paradoxes like selfishness and self-deception. What shapes the quantum deformations of the future.

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