from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. Physics To limit the possible values of (a magnitude or quantity) to a discrete set of values by quantum mechanical rules.
  • transitive v. Physics To apply quantum mechanics or the quantum theory to.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To limit the number of possible values of a quantity, or states of a system, by applying the rules of quantum mechanics
  • v. To approximate a continuously varying signal by one whose amplitude can only have a set of discrete values
  • v. To shift each beat in a rhythmic pattern to the nearest beat of a given resolution (eighth note, sixteenth note, etc.), or to adjust the frequency or pitch of a note to the nearest perfect tone in a given musical scale

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. approximate (a signal varying continuously in amplitude) by one whose amplitude is restricted to a prescribed set of discrete values
  • v. apply quantum theory to; restrict the number of possible values of (a quantity) or states of (a physical entity or system) so that certain variables can assume only certain discrete magnitudes that are integral multiples of a common factor


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