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- noun The energy characteristic of a stationary state of a physical system, especially a quantum mechanical system.
- noun The stationary state of a quantum mechanical system.
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- noun physics any of the
discrete stable energiesthat a quantum mechanical system(such as the electronsof an atom) can have
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- noun a definite stable energy that a physical system can have; used especially of the state of electrons in atoms or molecules
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