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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.
Farlex Partner Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012

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.
Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing © Farlex 2012

potential energy

any stored energy that can be released to do work.
Collins Dictionary of Biology, 3rd ed. © W. G. Hale, V. A. Saunders, J. P. Margham 2005
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Variation of potential energy during bubble collapse is shown in Fig.
The potential energy surfaces, transition probability rates and energy show that [sup.156]Dy has the X(5) symmetry.
(6) The j-level load and soil around the pile potential can be calculated according to (17); the total potential energy of soil is its cumulative value.
Caption: FIGURE 7: Configuration 1: (a) mechanical energy transaction in the NES-piezoelectricity system; (b) kinetic and potential energy transaction of NES; (c) potential energy transaction of hysteresis behavior and piezoelectric device; (d) dissipated and harvested energy transaction in the NES-piezoelectricity system.
Conceptually, it is a struggle between water molecules in the liquid state effectively trapped in a depression of potential energy ("potential well") of magnitude [l.sub.v] and the random thermal energy [k.sub.B]T that occasionally allows molecules to escape to the vapor.
The nation's senior logisticians are already moving in this direction by developing policies and concepts that are specifically aimed at assessing logistics readiness (potential energy).
Contact Potential Energy Function Based on Lagrange Interpolation
Although the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system consumes the most energy within that building (87%), a similar energy audit technique was used where they gathered the information regarding its initial usage and compared it with the potential energy reduction that can be made.
Nonadiabatic transition probabilities calculated from Tully's FS method require calculation of nonadiabatic coupling vectors while the transition probabilities calculated from LZ and ZN formulas require information only from two adiabatic potential energy surfaces around the crossing seam.
The rider's weight compresses the air, creating higher pressure and storing potential energy When the air can't compress any more, the pogo stick pushes upward.
The Energy and Climate Change Committee said it was "too soon to call" what impact the potential energy source could have in the UK, but added companies must be able to "get on and drill" to establish what resources exist.
The array is expected to offer a potential energy saving of about 895 MWh/y, equal to charging more than 70m mobile phones a year.

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