energy

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noun en·er·gy \ˈe-nər-jē\

Definition of energy

plural

energies

  1. 1a :  dynamic quality narrative energyb :  the capacity of acting or being active intellectual energyc :  a usually positive spiritual force the energy flowing through all people

  2. 2 :  vigorous exertion of power :  effort investing time and energy

  3. 3 :  a fundamental entity of nature that is transferred between parts of a system in the production of physical change within the system and usually regarded as the capacity for doing work

  4. 4 :  usable power (as heat or electricity); also :  the resources for producing such power

Examples of energy in a sentence

  1. The kids are always so full of energy.

  2. They devoted all their energy to the completion of the project.

  3. They devoted all their energies to the completion of the project.

  4. She puts a lot of energy into her work.

  5. The newer appliances conserve more energy.

Origin and Etymology of energy

Late Latin energia, from Greek energeia activity, from energos active, from en in + ergon work — more at work


First Known Use: 1599

Synonym Discussion of energy

power, force, energy, strength, might mean the ability to exert effort. power may imply latent or exerted physical, mental, or spiritual ability to act or be acted upon the awesome power of flowing water. force implies the actual effective exercise of power used enough force to push the door open. energy applies to power expended or capable of being transformed into work a worker with boundless energy. strength applies to the quality or property of a person or thing that makes possible the exertion of force or the withstanding of strain, pressure, or attack use weight training to build your strength. might implies great or overwhelming power or strength the belief that might makes right.


ENERGY Defined for English Language Learners

energy

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noun en·er·gy \ˈe-nər-jē\

Definition of energy for English Language Learners

  • : ability to be active : the physical or mental strength that allows you to do things

  • : natural enthusiasm and effort

  • : usable power that comes from heat, electricity, etc.


ENERGY Defined for Kids

energy

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noun en·er·gy \ˈe-nər-jē\

Definition of energy for Students

plural

energies

  1. 1 :  ability to be active :  strength of body or mind to do things or to work The children … were tired and hardly had energy enough to walk. — E. B. White, Charlotte's Web

  2. 2 :  strong action or effort He puts a lot of energy into his work.

  3. 3 :  usable power or the resources (as oil) used to produce usable power Our new dryer uses a lot less energy.


Medical Dictionary

energy

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noun en·er·gy \ˈen-ər-jē\

Medical Definition of energy

plural

energies

  1. 1:  psychic energy

  2. 2:  the capacity for doing work



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