ancilla

noun
an·​cil·​la | \ an-ˈsi-lə How to pronounce ancilla (audio) \
plural ancillae\ an-​ˈsi-​(ˌ)lē How to pronounce ancilla (audio) \

Definition of ancilla

: an aid to achieving or mastering something difficult

Examples of ancilla in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Each logical qubit gets encoded into three qubits, and ancilla qubits check to see if one of the phases has flipped. Katie Mccormick, Quanta Magazine, 16 Nov. 2021

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First Known Use of ancilla

1905, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for ancilla

Latin, female servant

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“Ancilla.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ancilla. Accessed 27 May. 2022.

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