- 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.
- noun the energy that a body or system has stored because of its position in an electric, magnetic, or gravitational field, or because of its configuration.