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uncertainty principle

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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A principle in quantum mechanics holding that increasing the accuracy of measurement of one observable quantity increases the uncertainty with which another conjugate quantity may be known.

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  • n. Heisenberg uncertainty principle.

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  • n. (quantum theory) the theory that it is impossible to measure both energy and time (or position and momentum) completely accurately at the same time

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