conservation of energy

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noun Physics.

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.

Nearby words

  1. conservation law ,
  2. conservation laws,
  3. conservation of angular momentum,
  4. conservation of baryon number,
  5. conservation of charge,
  6. conservation of lepton number,
  7. conservation of linear momentum,
  8. conservation of mass,
  9. conservation of momentum,
  10. conservation of parity

Origin of conservation of energy

First recorded in 1850–55

Also called law of conservation of energy.

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British Dictionary definitions for conservation of energy

conservation of energy

noun

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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Science definitions for conservation of energy

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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