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  • noun uncountable, signal processing The process of approximating a continuous signal by a set of discrete symbols or integer values.
  • noun countable, physics A procedure for constructing a quantum field theory starting from a classical field theory.

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  • noun the act of dividing into quanta or expressing in terms of quantum theory


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quantize +‎ -ation.



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  • Quantization (linguistics)

    In linguistics, a quantized expression is such that, whenever it is true of some entity, it is not true of any proper subparts of that entity. Example: If something is an "apple", then no proper subpart of that thing is an "apple". If something is "water", then many of its subparts will also be "water". Hence, "apple" is quantized, while "water" is not. Quantization has proven relevant to the proper characterization of grammatical telicity (roughly, sentences that present events as bounded/unbounded in time) and the mass/count distinction for nouns. The notion was first applied to linguistic semantics by the logician Manfred Krifka.

    June 8, 2008