vis viva

vis vi·​va | \ -ˈvīvə \
plural vires vivae\ -​īˌvē \

Definition of vis viva

: the force of a moving body calculated as the product of its mass and the square of its velocity : twice the kinetic energy

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History and Etymology for vis viva

New Latin, living force

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“Vis viva.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Oct. 2020.

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