Definition of Potential. Meaning of Potential. Synonyms of Potential

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Definition of Potential

Potential
Potential Po*ten"tial, n. 1. Anything that may be possible; a possibility; potentially. --Bacon. 2. (Math.) In the theory of gravitation, or of other forces acting in space, a function of the rectangular coordinates which determine the position of a point, such that its differential coefficients with respect to the co["o]rdinates are equal to the components of the force at the point considered; -- also called potential function, or force function. It is called also Newtonian potential when the force is directed to a fixed center and is inversely as the square of the distance from the center. 3. (Elec.) The energy of an electrical charge measured by its power to do work; hence, the degree of electrification as referred to some standard, as that of the earth; electro-motive force.
Potential
Potential Po*ten"tial, a. [Cf. F. potentiel. See Potency.] 1. Being potent; endowed with energy adequate to a result; efficacious; influential. [Obs.] ``And hath in his effect a voice potential.' --Shak. 2. Existing in possibility, not in actuality. ``A potential hero.' --Carlyle. Potential existence means merely that the thing may be at ome time; actual existence, that it now is. --Sir W. Hamilton. Potential cautery. See under Cautery. Potential energy. (Mech.) See the Note under Energy. Potential mood, or mode (Gram.), that form of the verb which is used to express possibility, liberty, power, will, obligation, or necessity, by the use of may, can, must, might, could, would, or should; as, I may go; he can write.

Meaning of Potential from wikipedia

- Potential generally refers to a currently unrealized ability. The term is used in a wide variety of fields, from physics to the social sciences to indicate...
- other factors. Common types of potential energy include the gravitational potential energy of an object, the elastic potential energy of an extended spring...
- An action potential occurs when the membrane potential of a specific cell location rapidly rises and falls. This depolarization then causes adjacent locations...
- The electric potential (also called the electric field potential, potential drop, the electrostatic potential) is defined as the amount of work energy...
- In thermodynamics, the chemical potential of a species is the energy that can be absorbed or released due to a change of the particle number of the given...
- Membrane potential (also transmembrane potential or membrane voltage) is the difference in electric potential between the interior and the exterior of...
- Zeta potential is the electrical potential at the slipping plane. This plane is the interface which separates mobile fluid from fluid that remains attached...
- In classical mechanics, the gravitational potential at a location is equal to the work (energy transferred) per unit m**** that would be needed to move...
- An evoked potential or evoked response is an electrical potential in a specific pattern recorded from a specific part of the nervous system, especially...
- In electrodynamics, the ****ed potentials are the electromagnetic potentials for the electromagnetic field generated by time-varying electric current...