potential energy

noun

Definition of potential energy

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

1853

First Known Use of potential energy

1853


POTENTIAL ENERGY Defined for English Language Learners

potential energy

noun

Definition of potential energy for English Language Learners

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


Medical Dictionary

potential energy

noun

Medical Definition of potential energy

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


Learn More about potential energy


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up potential energy? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

a person who is a bore or nuisance

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

  • peter-bruegel-tower-of-babel-painting
  • What language does pajama come from?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!