noun, plural quan·ta [kwon-tuh] /ˈkwɒn tə/.
- the smallest quantity of radiant energy, equal to Planck's constant times the frequency of the associated radiation.
- the fundamental unit of a quantized physical magnitude, as angular momentum.
Origin of quantum
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Historical Examples of quanta
These are the axioms which properly relate only to quantities (quanta) as such.The Critique of Pure Reason
From this point of view the quanta appear as atoms of energy.
As Poincaré now points out, the trouble is that the quanta are not constant.
Hunc igitur laborem nostrum ut tam Gratis animis accipiatis, quanta sedulitate a nobis est obitus, ex aequo omnes rogatos volo.Terrestrial and Celestial Globes Vol II
Edward Luther Stevenson
Quanta calcina si fatta di statue e d'altri ornamenti antichi!Renaissance in Italy, Volume 2 (of 7)
John Addington Symonds
noun plural -ta (-tə)
- the smallest quantity of some physical property, such as energy, that a system can possess according to the quantum theory
- a particle with such a unit of energy
Word Origin for quantum
1610s, "one's share or portion," from Latin quantum (plural quanta) "as much as, so much as; how much? how far? how great an extent?" neuter singular of correlative pronomial adjective quantus "as much" (see quantity). Introduced in physics directly from Latin by Max Planck, 1900; reinforced by Einstein, 1905. Quantum theory is from 1912; quantum mechanics, 1922; quantum jump is first recorded 1954; quantum leap, 1963, often figurative.