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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.
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Origin of potential energy

First recorded in 1850–55
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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, etcSymbol: E p, V, U, φ Abbreviation: PE
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potential energy in Medicine

potential energy

n.
  1. 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

  1. 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

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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