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quantum    : [kw'ɑntəm] [kw'ɑnəm]
Quantum \Quan"tum\, n.; pl. {Quanta}. [L., neuter of quantus how
great, how much. See {Quantity},]
1. Quantity; amount. "Without authenticating . . . the
quantum of the charges." --Burke.
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2. (Math.) A definite portion of a manifoldness, limited by a
mark or by a boundary. --W. K. Clifford.
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{Quantum meruit}[L., as much as he merited] (Law), a count in
an action grounded on a promise that the defendant would
pay to the plaintiff for his service as much as he should

{Quantum sufficit}, or {Quantum suff.} [L., as much suffices]
(Med.), a sufficient quantity; -- abbreviated {q. s.} in

{Quantum valebat}[L., as much at it was worth] (Law), a count
in an action to recover of the defendant, for goods sold,
as much as they were worth. --Blackstone.
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n 1: a discrete amount of something that is analogous to the
quantities in quantum theory
2: (physics) the smallest discrete quantity of some physical
property that a system can possess (according to quantum

104 Moby Thesaurus words for "quantum":
ASA scale, British candle, Hefner candle, Scheiner scale,
aggregate, allotment, allowance, amount, amplitude, apportionment,
atomerg, big end, bigger half, bit, bite, bougie decimale, budget,
bulk, calorie, candle, candle lumen, candle power, candle-foot,
candle-hour, candle-meter, chunk, commission, contingent, cut,
deal, decimal candle, destiny, dinamode, dividend, dole, dyne, end,
energid, equal share, erg, exposure meter, extent, fate, flux,
foot-candle, foot-pound, force, half, halver, helping,
horsepower-hour, horsepower-year, intensity, interest,
international candle, joule, kilogram-meter, kilowatt-hour,
lamp-hour, light, light meter, light quantum, lot, lumen,
lumen meter, lumen-hour, lumeter, luminous flux,
luminous intensity, luminous power, lux, magnitude, mass, matter,
measure, measurement, meed, mess, modicum, moiety, numbers, part,
percentage, photon, piece, portion, proportion, quantity, quota,
rake-off, ration, segment, share, slice, small share, stake, stock,
strength, substance, sum, total, unit of flux, unit of light,

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