potential energy

noun
|Updated on: 24 Jun 2018

Definition of potential energy

: 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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1853

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  • physics : the energy that something has because of its position or the way its parts are arranged


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potential energy

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: the energy that a piece of matter has because of its position or because of the arrangement of parts

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