potential difference


Definition of potential difference

: the difference in potential between two points that represents the work involved or the energy released in the transfer of a unit quantity of electricity from one point to the other

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Recent Examples on the Web As in a potential difference of $30 million to $40 million. Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan State AD Bill Beekman: Playing football will allow us to break even financially," 10 Aug. 2020 That’s a potential difference of 30,000 points per night. Eric Rosen, Condé Nast Traveler, "To Encourage Summer Stays, Marriott Hotels Like St. Regis and Ritz Carlton Have Majorly Discounted Rooms," 16 June 2020 Injured late in the season, Fingers missed most of September and the postseason, an absence Brewers fans rue to this day as the potential difference in the 1982 series. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "50 in 50: Brewers make a deal for three 1980s cornerstones," 20 Apr. 2020 Three ways to augment the approach This, however, is based only on the risk of mortality conditional on hospitalisation and does not account for the potential difference in risk of infectivity. Benjamin Daniels, Quartz India, "How India can move from a general to a graded coronavirus lockdown," 20 Apr. 2020 The Lions need help at all three levels of their defense, and Okudah, Simmons and Brown are potential difference makers on that side of the ball. Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press, "Three trade scenarios for Detroit Lions' first-round pick, including a sleeper team," 13 Apr. 2020 An early study, not yet peer-reviewed, of two cities in China suggested the potential difference. Anchorage Daily News, "Social distancing could buy U.S. valuable time against coronavirus," 11 Mar. 2020 Its prospect pool is stacked with four potential difference-makers — Thomas Harley, Jason Robertson, Ty Dellandrea and Jake Oettinger — but lacks depth behind that. Matthew Defranks, Dallas News, "Why the Dallas Stars elected to not make major moves at the NHL trade deadline," 24 Feb. 2020 That could position it for a top pick in a 2021 draft expected to include such potential difference-makers as guards Cade Cunningham and Jalen Green, forward Scottie Barnes and center Evan Mobley. Connor Letourneau, SFChronicle.com, "With trade talks with Minnesota stalled, where do Warriors go from here?," 5 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of potential difference

1892, in the meaning defined above

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20 Sep 2020

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“Potential difference.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/potential%20difference. Accessed 26 Oct. 2020.

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potential difference

potential dif·​fer·​ence | \ -ˈdif-(ə-)rən(t)s How to pronounce potential difference (audio) \

Medical Definition of potential difference

: the difference in electrical potential between two points that represents the work involved or the energy released in the transfer of a unit quantity of electricity from one point to the other — compare action potential, generator potential, membrane potential, resting potential

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