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rest energy

noun, Physics.
the energy equivalent to the mass of a particle at rest in an inertial frame of reference, equal to the rest mass times the square of the speed of light.
Origin of rest energy
1935-40 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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rest energy in Science
rest energy
In Special Relativity, the energy corresponding to the rest mass of a body, equal to the rest mass multiplied by the speed of light squared. See more at mass-energy equivalence.
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