quantum jump


Definition of quantum jump 

1 : an abrupt transition (as of an electron, an atom, or a molecule) from one discrete energy state to another

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Nodell contributed 30 total points, 12 rebounds and seven assists her freshmen year, all while learning that women's college basketball is a quantum jump from the high-school game. Mike May, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Former Berean Christian School hoops girl makes strides at collegiate level," 25 June 2018 Dobbins' cuts reflect a quantum jump in quickness and field vision that lesser players lack. Bill Livingston, cleveland.com, "Ohio State's J.K. Dobbins and the open field of possibility ahead of him -- Bill Livingston (photos)," 24 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of quantum jump

1926, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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