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

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In the 1960s, Richard Feynman and Bryce DeWitt set out to quantize gravity using the same techniques that had successfully transformed electromagnetism into the quantum theory called quantum electrodynamics. Quanta Magazine, "Why an Old Theory of Everything Is Gaining New Life," 8 Jan. 2018 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 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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