What does the word quantum mean?

Usage examples for quantum

  1. The great art, however, in the modern science of husbandry has been to obtain an animal that shall not only have the utmost beauty of form of which the species is capable, but, at the same time, a constitution free from all taint, a frame that shall rapidly attain bulk and stature, and a disposition so kindly that every quantum of food it takes shall, without drawback or procrastination, be eliminated into fat and muscle. – The Book of Household Management by Mrs. Isabella Beeton
  2. A few weeks' practice suffices to furnish the quantum of clumsy skill or deceit required for this work. – Problems of Poverty by John A. Hobson

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