superposed

adjective

su·​per·​posed ˌsü-pər-ˈpōzd How to pronounce superposed (audio)
: situated vertically over another layer or part

Examples of superposed in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Again, the superposed vector can be decomposed into its constituents. Anil Ananthaswamy, Quanta Magazine, 13 Apr. 2023 Like entanglement, the superposed states essential to its power are fragile, collapsing when measured or otherwise perturbed by the outside world. Gabriel Popkin, Science | AAAS, 3 June 2021 Google’s machine has 53 qubits, which between them can represent nearly ten million billion possible superposed states. The Economist, 26 Sep. 2019 Before the measurement, the various superposed states interfere with one another in a wavelike manner, producing outcomes with higher or lower probabilities. Philip Ball, WIRED, 28 July 2019

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Word History

First Known Use

1805, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of superposed was in 1805

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“Superposed.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/superposed. Accessed 26 May. 2024.

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