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"potential energy" in British English

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potential energynoun [ U ]

uk /pəˌten.ʃəl ˈen.ə.dʒi/ us /poʊˌten.ʃəl ˈen.ɚ.dʒi/ specialized

the energy stored by something because of its position (as when an object is raised), because of its condition (as when something is pulled or pushed out of shape), or in chemical form (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 energy stored by something because of its position compared with other objects, its condition, or its electrical charge

(Definition of “potential energy” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)