potential energy

noun

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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This energy is transferred to you in the form of potential energy. Randall Munroe, Time, "This Comic Creator Hopes His Terrible Ideas for Producing Energy Will Inspire You to Think of Better Ones," 12 Sep. 2019 Yet the issue of initial conditions remained: What was the source of the minuscule patch that allegedly ballooned into our cosmos, and of the potential energy that inflated it? Wired, "Cosmologists Clash Over the Beginning of the Universe," 16 June 2019 Yet the issue of initial conditions remained: What was the source of the minuscule patch that allegedly ballooned into our cosmos, and of the potential energy that inflated it? Natalie Wolchover, WIRED, "Cosmologists Clash Over the Beginning of the Universe," 16 June 2019 But more than being just a rich fishing ground, there is speculation the islands could harbor potential energy reserves. Brad Lendon, CNN, "The tiny islands that could explode the China-Vietnam relationship," 29 Aug. 2019 Thus, even though blade length and rated generating capacity are going up in parallel, the actual potential energy input from the blades is growing much faster. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Wind power prices now lower than the cost of natural gas," 17 Aug. 2019 Yet the issue of initial conditions remained: What was the source of the minuscule patch that allegedly ballooned into our cosmos, and of the potential energy that inflated it? Wired, "Cosmologists Clash Over the Beginning of the Universe," 16 June 2019 By the time the average temperatures have been falling in our area, hurricane season is still just coming alive with the ocean waters at their maximum warmth and potential energy. Dave Epstein, BostonGlobe.com, "What’s up with hurricane season?," 13 Aug. 2019 By spinning the electric motor backward, the car will be able to turn the kinetic energy of braking into potential energy that’s stored in something like a flywheel or a small battery. Sean O'kane, The Verge, "IndyCar will race 900-horsepower hybrid cars starting in 2022," 1 Aug. 2019

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1853, in the meaning defined above

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potential energy

noun

English Language Learners Definition of potential energy

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

potential energy

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Medical Definition of potential energy

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

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