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geopotential

[jee-oh-puh-ten-shuh l] /ˌdʒi oʊ pəˈtɛn ʃəl/
noun, Physics.
1.
the difference between the potential energy of a mass at a given altitude and the potential energy of an identical mass at sea level, equivalent to the energy required to move the mass from sea level to the given altitude.
Origin
1910-1915
1910-15; geo- + potential
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