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energy level

noun
1.
a comparative level of capacity for vigorous activity:
The child has a high energy level.
2.
Also called energy state. Physics. one of a quantized series of states in which matter may exist, each having constant energy and separated from others in the series by finite quantities of energy.
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1905-1910
1905-10
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British Dictionary definitions for energy state

energy level

noun (physics)
1.
a constant value of energy in the distribution of energies among a number of atomic particles
2.
the energy of a quantum state of a system. The terms energy level and energy state are often used loosely to mean quantum state. This is avoided in precise communication
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energy state in Science
energy level  
One of a set of states of a physical system associated with a range of energies. Electrons in an atom, for example, can shift between the different energy levels corresponding to orbitals in different shells. Also called energy state.
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Encyclopedia Article for energy state

eigenstate

in physics, any discrete value from a set of values of total energy for a subatomic particle confined by a force to a limited space or for a system of such particles, such as an atom or a nucleus. A particular hydrogen atom, for example, may exist in any of several configurations, each having a different energy. These energy states, in their essentials, remain fixed and are referred to as stationary states.

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