potential energy


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po·ten·tial en·er·gy

the energy, existing in a body by virtue of its position or state of existence, which is not being exerted at the time.

potential energy

Etymology: L, potentia, power; Gk, energeia
the energy contained in a body as a result of its position in space, internal structure, and stresses imposed on it. Also called latent energy.

po·ten·tial en·er·gy

(pŏ-ten'shăl en'ĕr-jē)
The energy, existing in a body by virtue of its position or state of existence, which is not being exerted at the time.

potential energy

any stored energy that can be released to do work.

potential energy

the energy due to an object or body's position or form. May be elastic, gravitational or electrical.
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From this principle, we would expect that the surplus of internal potential energy due to time contraction, at the level of a galaxy, balances with the outbound radiation flux.
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