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potential difference

noun

, Electricity.
  1. the difference between the potentials of two points in an electric field.


potential difference

noun

  1. 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 volts UΔVΔφ pd Compare electromotive force


potential difference

/ pə-tĕnshəl /

  1. The difference, measured in volts, in electric potential between two points, especially two points in an electric circuit.


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Word History and Origins

Origin of potential difference1

First recorded in 1895–1900
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Example Sentences

My conversation with Mahalik led me to ask other scholars about potential differences in how men and women evaluate medical evidence.

The action simply develops potential difference, and this generates the current where a circuit exists.

The movement only sets up a potential difference, and the power expended in effecting the movement generates C E.

The nature of the gas also affects the potential difference.

Throughout a wide range the deflections are proportional to the potential difference producing them.

The jar can be charged so that a certain potential difference V, reckoned in volts, exists between the two coatings.

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