the principle that in a system that does not undergo any force from outside the system, the amount of energy is constant, irrespective of its changes in form.
- Also called law of conservation of energy.
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British Dictionary definitions for conservation of energy
the principle that the total energy of any isolated system is constant and independent of any changes occurring within the system
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Scientific definitions for conservation of energy
A principle stating that the total energy of a closed system remains constant over time, regardless of other possible changes within the system. It is related to the symmetry of time invariance. See also invariance thermodynamics.
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