potential energy
  • noun the energy of an object because of its position or due to its being stretched or compressed
  • Energy which an object possesses by virtue of its position in a gravitational or electromagnetic field, like a boulder ready to topple from a cliff or an electron about to plummet through an electric field
  • The energy a body possesses as a consequence of its position, configuration, or state. potential energy provides a body with the capacity to do work. Examples include the energy stored in a capacitor, or that in a compressed spring. Its abbreviation is PE.
  • acronym PE

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