potential-energy

potential energy

noun Physics.
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:
1850–55

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potential energy
 
n
E p, V, U, φ, PE 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

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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  
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 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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