[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/
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)
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.
noun 1. the fundamental unit of information in a quantum computer, capable of existing in two states, 0 or 1, simultaneously or at a different time. quantum bit The smallest unit of information in a quantum computer. Unlike bits in classical systems, which are in one of two possible states labelled 1 and 0, a […]
- Quantum cell
electronics, computing (Or “quantum dot cell”) A structure comprising four quantum dots arranged in a square, with two diagonally opposed dots containing electron charges. One diagonal containing charges is arbitrarily defined as representing a value of ‘1’, the other as ‘0’. In a five-dot cell, the fifth, central dot contains no charge. See also: quantum […]
- Quantum bogodynamics
/kwon’tm boh”goh-di:-nam”iks/ A theory that characterises the universe in terms of bogon sources (such as politicians, used-car salesmen, TV evangelists, and suits in general), bogon sinks (such as taxpayers and computers), and bogosity potential fields. Bogon absorption causes human beings to behave mindlessly and machines to fail (and may also cause both to emit secondary […]
- Quantum cell wire
electronics, computing (Or “quantum wire”, “binary wire”) Quantum cells arranged in a line to carry signals. Adjacent cells with the same orientation are at a low energy state and a change of orientation at one end of a quantum wire propagates along the wire, transmitting a signal. However, unlike conventional wire, since only the orientation […]