noun[mass noun] Physics
The energy possessed by a body by virtue of its position relative to others, stresses within itself, electric charge, and other factors. Compare with kinetic energy.
- Ah, the joys of watching gravitational potential energy convert into kinetic energy.
- The molecules convert their kinetic energy into potential energy when they rise into the air just like the ball did.
- He criticised Descartes' ideas of mechanics and examined what are effectively kinetic energy, potential energy and momentum.
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