quan·​tize | \ ˈkwän-ˌtīz How to pronounce quantize (audio) \
quantized; quantizing

Definition of quantize

transitive verb

1 : to subdivide (something, such as energy) into small but measurable increments
2 : to calculate or express in terms of quantum mechanics

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Other Words from quantize

quantization \ ˌkwän-​tə-​ˈzā-​shən How to pronounce quantization (audio) \ noun
quantizer \ ˈkwän-​ˌtī-​zər How to pronounce quantizer (audio) \ noun

Examples of quantize in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In fact, this assumption was so powerful that all attempts to quantize Hall conductance up to that point had used it. Spyridon Michalakis, Scientific American, "How Scientists Solved One of the Greatest Open Questions in Quantum Physics," 1 Aug. 2020 This work suggested that theorists might need another, more radical, approach to quantum gravity—rather than simply quantizing general relativity, a new way to understand the nature of space-time at a microscopic level might be needed. Conor Purcell, Ars Technica, "Can we craft a theory in which space and time aren’t assumed to exist?," 20 Apr. 2020 This spawned approaches to quantum gravity that were developed by taking general relativity and using different methods to quantize it. Conor Purcell, Ars Technica, "Can we craft a theory in which space and time aren’t assumed to exist?," 20 Apr. 2020 That means musical qualities were quantized on a scale of 0 to 127. Dan Kopf, Quartz, "An update to a 37-year-old digital protocol could profoundly change the way music sounds," 30 Jan. 2020 The usual approach to quantizing something is to identify its independent parts — particles, say — and then apply quantum mechanics to them. Quanta Magazine, "Physicists Find a Way to See the ‘Grin’ of Quantum Gravity," 6 Mar. 2018 But by quantizing gameplay into distinct turns, Civ provides the illusion that the player isn't that far away from nailing down all the loose ends standing between them and victory. Lee Hutchinson, Ars Technica, "Video: Ars talks Civilization with the man himself: Sid Meier," 23 Sep. 2019 General relativity paints a continuous picture of space-time while in quantum mechanics everything is quantized in discrete chunks. Quanta Magazine, "How Holography Could Help Solve Quantum Gravity," 14 Nov. 2018 But not only does asymptotic safety provide a link between testable low energies and inaccessible high energies — as the above examples demonstrate — the approach is also not necessarily in conflict with other ways of quantizing gravity. Quanta Magazine, "Why an Old Theory of Everything Is Gaining New Life," 8 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of quantize

1920, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Quantize.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/quantize. Accessed 11 Aug. 2020.

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variants: also British quantise \ ˈkwänt-​ˌtīz How to pronounce quantise (audio) \
quantized also British quantised; quantizing also British quantising

Medical Definition of quantize

1 : to subdivide (as energy) into small but measurable increments
2 : to calculate or express in terms of quantum mechanics

Other Words from quantize

quantization also British quantisation \ ˌkwän-​tə-​ˈzā-​shən How to pronounce quantisation (audio) \ noun
quantizer also British quantiser \ ˈkwän-​ˌtī-​zər How to pronounce quantiser (audio) \ noun

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