Adjective "quantum" definition and examples

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Definitions and examples


A discrete quantity of energy proportional in magnitude to the frequency of the radiation it represents.
  1. 'Bohr realized that the idea of a quantum of energy could explain how the electrons in the atom are arranged.'
  2. 'This excess energy is emitted in quanta of electromagnetic radiation (photons of light) that have exactly same energy as the difference in energy between the orbits jumped by the electron.'
  3. 'Light bullets are the quanta of the electromagnetic field and are known as photons.'
  4. 'The asymmetry of water and ozone molecules causes the moments of inertia that govern the quanta of rotational motion to be different in each spatial direction.'
  5. 'A second problem also led to a quantum theory of light, and this time to a belief in the physical reality of the quanta.'
  6. 'A second result of significance is that the size of the quantum is the same for release and for stretch.'
  7. 'Responses ensuing from the spontaneous release of single quanta are termed miniature excitatory junctional currents (mEJCs).'
A required or allowed amount, especially an amount of money legally payable in damages.
  1. 'If the plaintiff proved that he had lost a real or substantial chance as opposed to a speculative one the evaluation of that chance was part of the assessment of the quantum of damage.'
  2. 'The other issue is the quantum of spousal support payable from the respondent to the applicant.'
  3. 'In effect, Dr. Rosen did not give a report on the quantum of damages suffered by the plaintiff.'
  4. 'The quantum of support requires a finding as to the income of the Respondent.'
  5. 'Counsel for the Defendants denies liability and contests the quantum of damages.'
  6. 'The agreement reached is akin to the kind of agreement frequently reached in litigation where a defendant accepts liability but not causation of damage nor the quantum of the loss claimed.'
  7. 'Courriere denies the plaintiff's allegations and disputes the quantum of damages in his statement of defence.'
  8. 'It points out at line 15 that the first matter to be determined on an application under the section is: the quantum of common law damages which would have been recoverable had they been sued for.'
  9. 'Counsel for the plaintiffs submits that the quantum of damages should be assessed in the amount of $20,000.00 for each of the plaintiffs.'
  10. 'The precise quantum of the damages was a relatively minor point in this action and should not be difficult to resolve.'
  11. 'each man has only a quantum of compassion'
  12. 'In an obvious departure from Dickens these stores always included quanta of Americana.'
  13. 'During the current year, the Zone's quantum of exports has grown 30 per cent to touch nearly Rs.225 crores.'
  14. 'The quantum of storage allocated to the user must be increased or decreased as usage changes, and these real-locations must be transparent to the application.'
  15. 'In the meanwhile, the quantum of water released to the Indira Gandhi Canal was also increased, he said.'
  16. 'You would need to go the second step and, in addition, you would need to know the quantum of the shares.'
  17. 'If at all some relief is to be given to marginal farmers, the quantum of free power and/or the land holdings must be specified.'
  18. 'The quantum and the interest rate are not known, according to sources in the banking industry.'

More definitions

1. quantity or amount: the least quantum of evidence.

2. a particular amount.

3. a share or portion.

4. a large quantity; bulk.

5. Physics. the smallest quantity of radiant energy, equal to Planck's constant times the frequency of the associated radiation. the fundamental unit of a quantized physical magnitude, as angular momentum. adjective

6. sudden and significant: a quantum increase in productivity.

More examples(as adjective)

"steps can be quantum."

"theories can be quantum."

"physics can be quantum."

"objects can be quantum."

"mechanicses can be quantum."

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Mid 16th century (in the general sense ‘quantity’): from Latin, neuter of quantus (see quantity). Sense 1 dates from the early 20th century.