quan·​tize | \ˈkwän-ˌtīz \
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 \ noun
quantizer \ˈkwän-​ˌtī-​zər \ noun

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Electronauts leverages the iMac Pro’s processing power not just for VR rendering and physics (though obviously, those are quite taxing) but to quantize the music. Samuel Axon, Ars Technica, "The iMac Pro is now available—here’s how people are already using it," 14 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of quantize

1920, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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transitive verb
variants: also British quantise \ˈkwänt-​ˌtīz \
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 \ noun
quantizer also British quantiser \ˈkwän-​ˌtī-​zər \ noun

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