the energy of a body or a system with respect to the position of the body or the arrangement of the particles of the system.
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Compare kinetic energy.
Origin of potential energy
First recorded in 1850–55
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the energy of a body or system as a result of its position in an electric, magnetic, or gravitational field. It is measured in joules (SI units), electronvolts, ergs, etcSymbol: E p, V, U, φ Abbreviation: PE
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The energy that exists in a body as a result of its position or condition rather than of its motion.
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The energy possessed by a body as a result of its position or condition rather than its motion. A raised weight, coiled spring, or charged battery has potential energy. Compare kinetic energy.
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