Definition of Potential energy

1. Noun. The mechanical energy that a body has by virtue of its position; stored energy.

Exact synonyms: P.e.
Specialized synonyms: Elastic Energy, Elastic Potential Energy
Generic synonyms: Mechanical Energy

Definition of Potential energy

1. Noun. the energy possessed by an object because of its position (in a gravitational or electric field), or its condition (as a stretched or compressed spring, as a chemical reactant, or by having rest mass) ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Potential Energy

potential difference
potential divider
potential drop
potential energy (current term)
potential unit
potential vorticities
potential vorticity
potential well
potentially hazardous object
potentially hazardous objects

Literary usage of Potential energy

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1. Nature by Norman Lockyer (1878)
"Thus if we reckon the potential energy of a swinging pendulum, drawn by gravitation towards the centre of the earth (whose motions of rotation and of ..."

2. Monographic Medicine by William Robie Patten Emerson, Guido Guerrini, William Brown, Wendell Christopher Phillips, John Whitridge Williams, John Appleton Swett, Hans Günther, Mario Mariotti, Hugh Grant Rowell (1916)
"(e) The potential energy, or " Fuel Value," of the Food Ingested The amount of potential energy in the food intake can be directly determined by measuring ..."

3. A Treatise on Electricity and Magnetism by James Clerk Maxwell (1892)
"THE energy of the system may be divided into the potential energy and the ... The potential energy due to electrification has been already considered in ..."

4. Science by American Association for the Advancement of Science (1909)
"Now in many cases this rule is all that we require to calculate the behavior of the system, and the conception of potential energy is of the utmost value in ..."

5. Encyclopaedia Britannica: A Standard Work of Reference in Art, Literature (1907)
"When we know the potential energy of an ele?1"«»! system it is very easy to find the force which registe or tends to produce any change of configuration. ..."

6. The Encyclopaedia Britannica: A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences and General (1890)
"... which there is a fine wire of large resistance, tbs greater part of the potential energy lost in the discharge appears aa heat in the fine wire. ..."

7. Analytical Mechanics for Engineers by Fred B. Seely, Newton Edward Ensign (1921)
"potential energy.—The potential energy of a body is the capacity of the body for doing work due to its position or configuration. ..."

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