What does quantum mean?

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ˈkwɒn təmquan·tum

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. quantum(noun)

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

  2. quantum(noun)

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

Wiktionary

  1. quantum(Noun)

    The total amount of something; quantity.

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

  2. quantum(Noun)

    The amount or quantity observably present, or available.

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

  3. quantum(Noun)

    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. quantum(Adjective)

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

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

  5. quantum(Adjective)

    Of a change, significant.

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

  6. quantum(Adjective)

    Involving quanta

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

  7. quantum(Adjective)

    Relating to a quantum computer

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Quantum(noun)

    quantity; amount

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

  2. Quantum(noun)

    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. Lou A. Riley:

    Relativity keeps anything from happening at once. Quantum mechanics keeps everything from really happening at all.

  2. Tony Uttley:

    We wanted to be able to shape how quantum computing gets used, we actually want to be our own best customer in this.

  3. James Scott:

    The human condition is plagued with a labyrinth of shortcomings, frailties and limitations that hinder man from reaching his fullest potential. Therefore, it only makes sense that we find ourselves at the next phase in human evolution where restricted man merges with the infinite possibilities of hyper-evolving technologies. This techno-human transmutation will prove to be ‘the’ quantum leap in human progression. The harmonization of technologically extending oneself, consciousness, artificial intelligence and machine learning will reverse the failures of genetic predisposition and limitation.

  4. Akira Furusawa:

    Usually there are two types of quantum information processing, there's the qubit type, the digital information processing, and there's continuous variable, a sort of analog type of quantum information. We are trying to combine them.

  5. Stephen Bartlett:

    This is exactly why were building quantum computers, this is a demonstration that quantum computers can allow us to simulate things that should not occur in the real world.

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