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Pronunciation

Noun

Singular
quantum

Plural
quanta

quantum (quanta)
  1. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) Quantity, amount.
    • 1749, Henry Fielding, Tom Jones, Folio Society 1973, p. 416:
      The reader will perhaps be curious to know the quantum of this present, but we cannot satisfy his curiosity.
    • 2008, The Times of India, 21 May 2008, [1]:
      The Congress's core ministerial panel on Friday gave its green signal to raising motor fuel prices but the quantum of increase emerged as a hitch.
  2. (physics) The smallest possible, and therefore indivisible, unit of a given quantity or quantifiable phenomenon.
    • 2002, David C Cassidy et al., Understanding Physics, Birkhauser 2002, p. 602:
      The quantum of light energy was later called a photon.

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Translations

Adjective

quantum (not comparable)

Positive
quantum

Comparative
not comparable

Superlative
none (absolute)

  1. Of a change, significant
  2. (physics) Involving quanta

Derived terms

Translations


French

Etymology

From English quantum.

Pronunciation

  • IPA: /kɑ̃tɔm/, /kwɑ̃tɔm/

Noun

quantum m. (plural quanta)

  1. (physics) quantum

Italian

Noun

quantum m. (plural: quanta)

  1. quantum

Synonyms


Latin

Adjective

(quantus, quanta, quantum)

  1. how much, how many

Declension

First and second declensions.

Number Singular Plural
Case \ Gender M. F. N. MM. FF. NN.
Nominative quantus quanta quantum quantī quantae quanta
Genitive quantī quantae quantī quantōrum quantārum quantōrum
Dative quantō quantae quantō quantīs quantīs quantīs
Accusative quantum quantam quantum quantōs quantās quanta
Ablative quantō quantā quantō quantīs quantīs quantīs

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