Quiz: Remember the definition of mal de mer?

electric potential

Also called potential. Electricity. (at any point in an electric field) the work done per unit charge in moving an infinitesimal point charge from a common reference point to the given point. Symbol: V.
Physiology, action potential.
1870-75 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
Cite This Source
Examples from the web for electric potential
  • Key features of the simulation tool include profiles of electric potential, electric field, and carrier concentrations.
  • The speed of an electricity really means the speed at which a wave of electric potential goes down a transmission line.
  • At the sensor antenna the signal creates an electric potential and generates an electromagnetic field.
British Dictionary definitions for electric potential

electric potential

  1. the work required to transfer a unit positive electric charge from an infinite distance to a given point against an electric field
  2. the potential difference between the point and some other reference point V, φ Sometimes shortened to potential
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
electric potential in Science
electric potential  
A measure of the work required by an electric field to move electric charges. Its unit is the volt. Also called voltage. See more at Ohm's law.
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary
Copyright © 2002. Published by Houghton Mifflin. All rights reserved.
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for electric potential

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for electric

Scrabble Words With Friends