See also: Potential
potential (plural potentials)
- Currently unrealized ability (with the most common adposition being to)
Even from a young age it was clear that she had the potential to become a great musician.
- (physics) The gravitational potential is the radial (irrotational, static) component of a gravitational field, also known as the Newtonian potential or the gravitoelectric field.
- (physics) The work (energy) required to move a reference particle from a reference location to a specified location in the presence of a force field, for example to bring a unit positive electric charge from an infinite distance to a specified point against an electric field.
- (grammar) A verbal construction or form stating something is possible or probable.
currently unrealized ability
physics: the radial component of a gravitational field
energy of a unit electrical charge
potential (not comparable)
- Existing in possibility, not in actuality.
1858, Thomas Carlyle, Chartism, Chapman & Hall, page 229:
- The heroic man,—and is not every man, God be thanked, a potential hero?—has to do so, in all times and circumstances.
- (archaic) Being potent; endowed with energy adequate to a result
1603, William Shakespeare, Othello:
- And hath, in his effect, a voice potential
- (physics) A potential field is an irrotational (static) field.
1997, Physics-Uspekhi, volume 40, number 1-6, American Institute of Physics, page 39:
- From Maxwell equations (6.20) it follows that the electric field is potential: E(r) = −gradφ(r).
- (physics) A potential flow is an irrotational flow.
2009, Grigory E. Volovik, The Universe in a Helium Droplet, Oxford University Press, page 60:
- The non-viscous flow of the vacuum should be potential (irrotational).
- (grammar) Referring to a verbal construction of form stating something is possible or probable.
existing in possibility
- potential in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
- potential in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911
- Potential on Wikipedia.Wikipedia
- Potential (physics) on Wikipedia.Wikipedia