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electric potential

noun
1.
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.
2.
Physiology, action potential.
Origin
1870-1875
1870-75
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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

noun
1.
  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
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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.
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