potential energy noun
physics : the energy that something has because of its position or the way its parts are arranged
: the energy that a piece of matter has because of its position or nature or because of the arrangement of parts
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potential energy noun (Medical Dictionary)
: the energy that a piece of matter has because of its position or because of the arrangement of parts
potential energy noun (Concise Encyclopedia)
Energy stored by an object by virtue of its position. For example, an object raised above the ground acquires potential energy equal to the work done against the force of gravity; the energy is released as kinetic energy when it falls back to the ground. Similarly, a stretched spring has stored potential energy that is released when the spring is returned to its unstretched state. Other forms of potential energy include electrical potential energy, chemical energy, and nuclear energy.
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