Definition of energy
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 : vigorous exertion of power : effort investing time and energy
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 : usable power (such as heat or electricity); also : the resources for producing such power
Examples of energy in a Sentence
The kids are always so full of energy.
They devoted all their energy to the completion of the project.
They devoted all their energies to the completion of the project.
She puts a lot of energy into her work.
The newer appliances conserve more energy.
Recent Examples of energy from the Web
Car buying used to mean hours spent at the local dealership but Internet shopping is on the rise, saving consumers time, energy, and possibly money.
Bradley thrilled the crowd at Bunbury last year with his high-energy performance with his band, the Extraordinaires.
But listen to the American players talk about El Salvador’s energy, pressure and comfort in possession, and one gets the sense that there are some genuine nerves heading into Wednesday’s game.
In creatures like elephants and whales, these muscle fibers poop out way before the creatures can exert enough energy to accelerate to anything close to 300 miles per hour.
Rustic Canyon Santa Monica, $$$ Chef Jeremy Fox has bestowed great energy on a Santa Monica fixture that has always been as mellow as a day at the beach.
Olympic lifting is a great example of an exercise that requires a ton of energy but doesn’t necessarily cause excessive sweating due to the short span in which the lifts are executed.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has issued a moderate geomagnetic storm watch for July 16-17, thanks to energy from a recent solar flare.
From Bloomberg: House Republicans are throwing up new roadblocks to a Russia and Iran sanctions bill over concerns from the energy industry that a provision could block U.S. companies from lucrative foreign oil deals.
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Synonym Discussion of energy
ENERGY Defined for English Language Learners
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
Definition of energy for Students
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 : strong action or effort He puts a lot of energy into his work.
3 : usable power or the resources (as oil) used to produce usable power Our new dryer uses a lot less energy.
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