- Math. to express in multiples of a basic unit
- Physics to limit (an observable quantity) to multiples of some small, indivisible unit, as a quantum
- to express in terms of the quantum theory
Origin of quantize; from quantum + -ize
transitive verbquan·tized, quan·tiz·ing, quan·tiz·es Physics
- To limit the possible values of (a magnitude or quantity) to a discrete set of values by quantum mechanical rules.
- To apply quantum mechanics or the quantum theory to.
(third-person singular simple present quantizes, present participle quantizing, simple past and past participle quantized)
- (physics) To limit the number of possible values of a quantity, or states of a system, by applying the rules of quantum mechanics
- (telecommunications) To approximate a continuously varying signal by one whose amplitude can only have a set of discrete values
- (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
quantize - Computer Definition
To express in multiples of a quantum number, in other words an integer or basic unit. In telecommunications, the term refers to the conversion of the amplitude of an analog sine wave into a digital signal, which necessarily requires expressing the amplitude value in binary terms. See also quantizing noise.