potential difference

noun, Electricity
1.
the difference between the potentials of two points in an electric field.
Origin of potential difference
1895-1900
1895-1900
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Examples from the Web for potential difference
Historical Examples
• The nature of the gas also affects the potential difference.

• The wire had a length of 760 cms., and the potential difference on its terminals was nearly 30 volts.

• potential difference required to produce a Spark of given Length.

• Throughout a wide range the deflections are proportional to the potential difference producing them.

• The potential difference depends on the condition of the plant, and the season in which it may have been gathered.

• Thus by measuring the potential difference between the ends of the two resistances successively, we may compare their resistances.

• The potential difference between the two is recorded, and the potential gradient is thus found.

• From equation we see that the current increases as the square of the potential difference.

• At higher pressures the current rises far above these values and increases rapidly with the potential difference.

• The connexion between the potential difference and the spark length has been made the subject of a large number of experiments.

British Dictionary definitions for potential difference

potential difference

noun
1.
the difference in electric potential between two points in an electric field; the work that has to be done in transferring unit positive charge from one point to the other, measured in volts U, ΔV, Δφ, pd Compare electromotive force
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potential difference in Science
 potential difference   (pə-těn'shəl)    The difference, measured in volts, in electric potential between two points, especially two points in an electric circuit.
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potential difference in Technology
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