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English noun: quantum jump

1. quantum jump (event) (physics) an abrupt transition of an electron or atom or molecule from one quantum state to another with the emission or absorption of a quantum

Broader (hypernym)jump, leap, saltation

Domain categorynatural philosophy, physics

2. quantum jump (event) a sudden large increase or advance

SamplesThis may not insure success but it will represent a quantum leap from last summer.

Synonymsquantum leap

Broader (hypernym)jump, leap

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