from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun The energy of a particle or system of particles derived from position, or condition, rather than motion. A raised weight, coiled spring, or charged battery has potential energy.
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- noun the energy possessed by an
objectbecause of its position(in a gravitationalor electric field), or its condition(as a stretchedor compressed spring, as a chemical reactant, or by having rest mass)
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- noun the mechanical energy that a body has by virtue of its position; stored energy
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