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potential energy

noun, Physics.
1.
the energy of a body or a system with respect to the position of the body or the arrangement of the particles of the system.
Compare kinetic energy.
Origin
1850-1855
1850-55
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Examples from the web for potential energy
  • As he tips forward, potential energy converts to kinetic energy, and he swings his left foot ahead to complete the stride.
  • At this point the team had fully charged batteries and maximum potential energy to descend slowly through the night.
  • There is little doubt that there is tremendous potential energy present prior to the actual earthquake event.
  • As the gases collect, they lose potential energy, which results in an increase in temperature.
  • Try a steep hill to experience the potential energy required for the climb.
  • Money is also a store of potential energy that can be released when needed, with the purchase of goods, energy and labour.
  • potential energy is stored energy--energy ready to go.
  • Define a computation that computes the per-atom potential energy for each atom in a group.
  • See the compute pe command if you want the potential energy of the entire system.
  • Most of the energy under our control is in the form of potential energy.
British Dictionary definitions for potential energy

potential energy

noun
1.
the energy of a body or system as a result of its position in an electric, magnetic, or gravitational field. It is measured in joules (SI units), electronvolts, ergs, etc Ep, V, U, φ, PE
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potential energy in Medicine

potential energy n.
The energy that exists in a body as a result of its position or condition rather than of its motion.

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potential energy in Science
potential energy  
The energy possessed by a body as a result of its position or condition rather than its motion. A raised weight, coiled spring, or charged battery has potential energy. Compare kinetic energy.
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potential energy in Culture

potential energy definition


The energy an object has because of its position, rather than its motion. An object held in a person's hand has potential energy, which turns to kinetic energy — the energy of motion — when the person lets it go, and it drops to the ground.

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