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quan·ta

 (kwŏn′tə)
n.
Plural of quantum.
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quanta

(ˈkwɒntə)
n
(Atomic Physics) the plural of quantum
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quan•tum

(ˈkwɒn təm)

n., pl. -ta (-tə),
adj. n.
1. quantity or amount: the least quantum of evidence.
2. share; portion.
3. a large quantity.
4.
a. the smallest excitation of a quantized wave or field, as a photon or phonon.
b. the fundamental unit of a quantized physical property, as angular momentum, and the smallest amount by which its magnitude can change.
adj.
5. sudden and significant: a quantum increase in productivity.
[1610–20; Latin quantus how much]
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Wherefore you shall observe, that the more deep and sober sort of politic persons, in their greataess, are ever bemoaning themselves, what a life they lead; chanting a quanta patimur!
* The theory of quanta suggests that the continuity is only apparent.
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