potential difference

noun

: 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

Word History

First Known Use

1892, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of potential difference was in 1892

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“Potential difference.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/potential%20difference. Accessed 22 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

potential difference

noun
: 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

Medical Definition

potential difference

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