[kwon-tuh m] /ˈkwɒn təm/

noun, plural quanta
[kwon-tuh] /ˈkwɒn tə/ (Show IPA)
quantity or amount:
the least quantum of evidence.
a particular amount.
a share or portion.
a large quantity; bulk.

sudden and significant:
a quantum increase in productivity.
[kwahn-too m soof-i-kit; English kwon-tuh m suhf-uh-sit] /ˈkwɑn tʊm ˈsuf ɪ kɪt; English ˈkwɒn təm ˈsʌf ə sɪt/
noun, Latin.
as much as suffices; enough.
noun (pl) -ta (-tə)

amount or quantity, esp a specific amount
(often used with a negative) the least possible amount that can suffice: there is not a quantum of evidence for your accusation
something that can be quantified or measured
(modifier) loosely, sudden, spectacular, or vitally important: a quantum improvement

1610s, “one’s share or portion,” from Latin quantum (plural quanta) “as much as, so much as; how much? how far? how great an extent?” neuter singular of correlative pronomial adjective quantus “as much” (see quantity). Introduced in physics directly from Latin by Max Planck, 1900; reinforced by Einstein, 1905. Quantum theory is from 1912; quantum mechanics, 1922; quantum jump is first recorded 1954; quantum leap, 1963, often figurative.

quantum quan·tum (kwŏn’təm)
n. pl. quan·ta (-tə)

Plural quanta
A discrete, indivisible manifestation of a physical property, such as a force or angular momentum. Some quanta take the form of elementary particles; for example, the quantum of electromagnetic radiation is the photon, while the quanta of the weak force are the W and Z particles. See also quantum state.

time slice


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