Definition of Quantum leap

1. Noun. A sudden large increase or advance. "This may not insure success but it will represent a quantum leap from last summer"

Exact synonyms: Quantum Jump
Generic synonyms: Jump, Leap

Definition of Quantum leap

1. Noun. (physics) The discontinuous change of the state of an electron in an atom or molecule from one energy level to another. ¹

2. Noun. (''metaphorical'') An abrupt change. ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Quantum Leap

quantum dot
quantum dots
quantum efficiency
quantum electrodynamics
quantum electronics
quantum entanglement
quantum evolution
quantum ferrofluid
quantum ferrofluids
quantum field theory
quantum foam
quantum gravitation
quantum gravity
quantum hadrodynamics
quantum jump
quantum leap (current term)
quantum limit
quantum measurement problem
quantum mechanical
quantum mechanics
quantum meruit
quantum mottle
quantum number
quantum onion
quantum physics
quantum process tomography
quantum rectum
quantum requirement
quantum satis
quantum solid

Literary usage of Quantum leap

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

1. Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of English Usage by Inc. Merriam-Webster (1994)
"1983 quantum jump, quantum leap The phrase quantum jump (or leap) is derived from the world of physics, in which it has the meaning, “an abrupt transition ..."

2. The Dimensional Structure of Consciousness: A Physical Basis for Immaterialism by Samuel Avery (1995)
"When an electron jumps from one level to another the way Pac Man jumps from one set of lights to another, this is called a “quantum leap. ..."

3. Fatal Indifference: The G8, Africa and Global Health by Ronald Labonte (2004)
"To help accomplish this, in 2001 the G8 announced: At Okinawa last year, we pledged to make a quantum leap in the fight against infectious diseases and to ..."

4. Architecture of Instruction and Delight: A Socio-historical Analysis of by Pieter van Wesemael (2001)
"This unacceptable situation harbours the ingredients for a quantum leap in ... This quantum leap involved the replacement of static forms by moving pictures ..."

5. Racial and Ethnic Tensions in American Communities: Poverty, Inequality and edited by Mary Frances Berry (2000)
"My last show I just completed was the "quantum leap" series at Universal, and I was the executive producer on that. My experience in the industry has been ..."

6. Literature For Science And Mathematics: Kindergarten Through Grade 12 by DIANE Publishing Company (1998)
"... Spider: Spider Facts and Folktales 49 Songs from Unsung Worlds: Science in Poetry 17 Spaces, Shapes, and Sizes 99 Space Shuttle: A quantum leap 38 Space ..."

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