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tr.v. quan·tized, quan·tiz·ing, quan·tiz·es Physics
1. To limit the possible values of (a magnitude or quantity) to a discrete set of values by quantum mechanical rules.
2. To apply quantum mechanics or the quantum theory to.
quan′ti·za′tion (-tĭ-zā′shən) n.
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1. (Atomic Physics) physics to restrict (a physical quantity) to one of a set of values characterized by quantum numbers
2. (Mathematics) maths to limit (a variable) to values that are integral multiples of a basic unit
ˌquantiˈzation, ˌquantiˈsation n
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v.t. -tized, -tiz•ing.
1. to restrict (a variable quantity) to discrete values rather than to a continuous set of values.
2. to use quantum mechanics to calculate or express (the behavior of a physical system).
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Past participle: quantized
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|Verb||1.||quantize - approximate (a signal varying continuously in amplitude) by one whose amplitude is restricted to a prescribed set of discrete values|
telecommunication - (often plural) the branch of electrical engineering concerned with the technology of electronic communication at a distance
|2.||quantize - apply quantum theory to; restrict the number of possible values of (a quantity) or states of (a physical entity or system) so that certain variables can assume only certain discrete magnitudes that are integral multiples of a common factor; "Quantize gravity"|
natural philosophy, physics - the science of matter and energy and their interactions; "his favorite subject was physics"
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