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[ en-er-jee ]


, plural en·er·gies.
  1. the capacity for vigorous activity; available power:

    I eat chocolate to get quick energy.

    Synonyms: potency, force, vigor

  2. an adequate or abundant amount of such power:

    I seem to have no energy these days.

  3. Often energies. a feeling of tension caused or seeming to be caused by an excess of such power:

    to work off one's energies at tennis.

  4. an exertion of such power:

    She plays tennis with great energy.

  5. the habit of vigorous activity; vigor as a characteristic:

    Foreigners both admire and laugh at American energy.

    Synonyms: push, zeal

  6. the ability to act, lead others, effect, etc., forcefully.
  7. forcefulness of expression:

    a writing style abounding with energy.

  8. Physics. the capacity to do work; the property of a system that diminishes when the system does work on any other system, by an amount equal to the work so done; potential energy. : E
  9. any source of usable power, as fossil fuel, electricity, or solar radiation.


/ ˈɛnədʒɪ /


  1. intensity or vitality of action or expression; forcefulness
  2. capacity or tendency for intense activity; vigour
  3. vigorous or intense action; exertion
  4. physics
    1. the capacity of a body or system to do work
    2. a measure of this capacity, expressed as the work that it does in changing to some specified reference state. It is measured in joules (SI units) E
  5. a source of power See also kinetic energy potential energy


/ ĕnər-jē /

  1. The capacity or power to do work, such as the capacity to move an object (of a given mass) by the application of force. Energy can exist in a variety of forms, such as electrical, mechanical, chemical, thermal, or nuclear, and can be transformed from one form to another. It is measured by the amount of work done, usually in joules or watts.
  2. See also conservation of energyCompare power

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Other Words From

  • hy·per·en·er·gy noun
  • self-en·er·gy noun

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Word History and Origins

Origin of energy1

First recorded in 1575–85; from Late Latin energīa, from Greek enérgeia “activity,” equivalent to energe- (stem of energeîn “to be active”; en- 2, work ) + -ia -y 3

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Word History and Origins

Origin of energy1

C16: from Late Latin energīa, from Greek energeia activity, from energos effective, from en- ² + ergon work

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Example Sentences

Some of that energy enters the water, and when it does, the seismic waves slow down, becoming T waves.

Launched in 2015, the project’s purpose is to determine the feasibility of underwater data centers powered by offshore renewable energy.

This energy, “orgone,” was supposedly a life-force of sorts.

This represents a revolutionary shift in our ability to capture solar energy in real time rather than being dependent on solar energy of the past.

Yet negotiations over the final shape of a deal are set to be fraught amid national differences in wealth, energy sources and industrial strength.

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I think a lot of it has to do with the attitude and the energy behind it and the honesty.

Total oil production figures include crude oil, natural gas liquids, and other liquid energy products.

The energy economy has always been a fixture of Texas life, and that has not changed.

Day by day, it drives people to distraction by diverting energy to mindless legal compliance.

Chickens require significantly less land, water, and energy than all other meat options except farmed salmon.

This is the first and principal point at which we can stanch the wastage of teaching energy that now goes on.

Sleek finds it far harder work than fortune-making; but he pursues his Will-o'-the-Wisp with untiring energy.

This may be done by taking the humming tone and bringing to bear upon it a strong pressure of energy.

It was, of course, the suppressed emotional energy finding another outlet.

She was putting her papers tidy again with calm fingers, while his own were almost cramped with the energy of suppressed desire.


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More About Energy

What is energy?

Energy refers to available power or motivation to move, as in Jada found that getting enough sleep each night gave her the energy to live each day.

Energy also refers to power that is used with exertion or force, as in Monique brought energy to the team, leading them to win more games.

In physics, energy is the power or heat that is created when something moves, is burned, or is exerted. It is typically represented in two forms: potential and kinetic energy. Potential energy is power that is stored in something as it sits still or is unburned. For example, coal contains a large amount of potential energy that is released when the coal is burned. As the coal burns, that potential energy becomes kinetic energy, energy related to the particles in the system.

Energy is a common word with several other senses related to power or motivation.

Example: Darryl found out the hard way that cell phone batteries lose their energy in the cold.

Where does energy come from?

The first records of the term energy come from the late 1500s. It ultimately comes from the Greek term energeîn, meaning “to be active.” Activity can come in many forms, but almost all burn energy.

Potential and kinetic energy can be applied to humans, too. As you eat and sleep, you build up potential energy, and as you physically move, think, breathe, or perform any physical action, that energy is used kinetically. When you’re tired, you might say you’re low on energy. And when you decide to put your energies into your art, you are spending more time doing your art and, as a result, spending more of your energy on it.

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What are some other forms related to energy?

  • hyperenergy (noun)
  • self-energy (noun)

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How is energy used in real life?

Energy is a common word used both in the scientific sense and in other senses, particularly those related to the power we or our devices have or don’t have.


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When Quinn focused his energies on his school work, his grades went up.




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