quanta quanta

Definition(s):

  1. (n) a discrete amount of something that is analogous to the quantities in quantum theory
  2. (n) (physics) the smallest discrete quantity of some physical property that a system can possess (according to quantum theory)

Usage(s):

  1. One was an update of Max Planck's quantum theory of radiation; light, declared Einstein, travels as both a wave and as particles called quanta, mostly because it has to.
  2. Our food is so much quanta of energy, not in that inert word calories, but quanta.
  3. In theory a single file of quanta battered at the mirror.

News

  1. Final Glance: Construction companies

    Shares of some top construction companies were mixed at the close of trading: Fluor fell $.14 or .2 percent, to $61.00. Foster Wheeler rose $.61 or 2.6 percent, to $24.09. Quanta Services Inc. rose $.01 ...
    on June 15, 2013     Source: Associated Press via Yahoo! News

  2. Midday Glance: Construction companies

    Shares of some top construction companies are mixed at 1 p.m.: Fluor fell $.02 or percent, to $61.12. Foster Wheeler rose $.30 or 1.3 percent, to $23.78. Quanta Services Inc. rose $.05 or .2 percent, to ...
    on June 14, 2013     Source: Associated Press via Yahoo! News

  3. Early Glance: Construction companies

    Shares of some top construction companies are up at 10 a.m.: Fluor rose $.46 or .8 percent, to $61.60. Foster Wheeler rose $.22 or .9 percent, to $23.70. Quanta Services Inc. rose $.18 or .7 percent, to ...
    on June 14, 2013     Source: Associated Press via Yahoo! News

Quotes

  1. "Together, Quanta and CSAIL will establish a team and work toward a new world of self-organizing devices which make our lives more pleasant and productive," said Professor Rodney Brooks, CSAIL's director, in a statement.
    on Apr 8, 2005 By: Rodney Brooks Source: InformationWeek

  2. "Everything is made of quanta [the plural of quantum]," says Prof al-Khalili. "This looks like it is extending it to the tiniest unit of compassion."
    on Jan 25, 2008 By: Jim Al-Khalili Source: BBC News

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