electric potential

  1. Also called potential. Electricity. (at any point in an electric field) the work done per unit charge in moving an infinitesimal point charge from a common reference point to the given point. Symbol: V
  2. Physiology. action potential.

Origin of electric potential

First recorded in 1870–75
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British Dictionary definitions for electric potential

electric potential

    1. the work required to transfer a unit positive electric charge from an infinite distance to a given point against an electric field
    2. the potential difference between the point and some other reference pointSymbol: V, φ Sometimes shortened to: potential
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electric potential in Science

electric potential

  1. A measure of the work required by an electric field to move electric charges. Its unit is the volt. Also called voltage See more at Ohm's law.
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