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potential energynoun [U]

uk   us   specialized
the ​energystored by something because of ​itsposition (as when an ​object is ​raised), because of ​itscondition (as when something is ​pulled or ​pushed out of ​shape), or in ​chemicalform (as in ​fuel or an ​electric battery)
(Definition of potential energy from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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potential energynoun [U]

 us   /pəˈten·tʃəl ˈen·ər·dʒi/
physics the ​energystored by something because of ​itspositioncompared with other ​objects, ​itscondition, or ​itselectricalcharge
(Definition of potential energy from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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