Definition of Quantize

1. Verb. Approximate (a signal varying continuously in amplitude) by one whose amplitude is restricted to a prescribed set of discrete values.

Exact synonyms: Quantise
Category relationships: Telecommunication
Generic synonyms: Approximate, Estimate, Gauge, Guess, Judge
Derivative terms: Quantization



2. Verb. 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. "Quantize gravity"
Exact synonyms: Quantise
Category relationships: Natural Philosophy, Physics
Generic synonyms: Calculate, Cipher, Compute, Cypher, Figure, Reckon, Work Out
Derivative terms: Quantisation, Quantization

Definition of Quantize

1. Verb. (transitive physics) To limit the number of possible values of a quantity, or states of a system, by applying the rules of quantum mechanics ¹

2. Verb. (transitive telecommunications) To approximate a continuously varying signal by one whose amplitude can only have a set of discrete values ¹

3. Verb. (transitive music) 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 ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Quantize

1. to limit the possible values of to a discrete set [v -TIZED, -TIZING, -TIZES]

Lexicographical Neighbors of Quantize

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Literary usage of Quantize

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. SAS(R) Component Language 9.1:: Reference, Volumes 1 and 2 by SAS Institute (2004)
"Type: Numeric Details quantize acts on the currently selected image. ... quantize results in a very good approximation of the image, with the possible ..."

2. Yang-Mills, Kaluza-Klein, and the Einstein Program by Robert Hermann (1978)
"Thus, one does not seriously expect it to be easy to “quantize Yang-Mills”. (This is one of the main reasons that I believe that so much of the current ..."

3. Geometric Structures in Nonlinear Physics by Robert Hermann (1991)
"To quantize a classical mechanics system (tentatively) means to find a mapping of a ... Thus, we also know how to ‘quantize' the classical observables: ..."

4. Genomic Signal Processing and Statistics by Edward R Dougherty (2005)
"Compute gradients gl,g2,g3 and quantize each to 16 levels. Denote the context index by Q. (2) if all(gl,g2,g3) < S(x) go to run length coding mode, ..."

5. Descartes's Theory of Light and Refraction: A Discourse on Method by A. Mark Smith (1987)
"... tendency to quantize light was the natural outgrowth of a long-standing use of mechanical analogies to explain the interaction of light and physical ..."

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