the difference between the potentials of two points in an electric field.
Words nearby potential difference
Origin of potential difference
First recorded in 1895–1900
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British Dictionary definitions for potential difference
the difference in electric potential between two points in an electric field; the work that has to be done in transferring unit positive charge from one point to the other, measured in voltsSymbol: U, Δ V, Δφ Abbreviation: pd Compare electromotive force
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Scientific definitions for potential difference
[ pə-tĕn′shəl ]
The difference, measured in volts, in electric potential between two points, especially two points in an electric circuit.
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