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potential energy

potential energy Type of energy an object possesses because of its vertical position in the Earth's gravitational field; also the energy stored in a system such as a compressed spring or in an oscillating system such as a pendulum. An object on a shelf has potential energy given by mgh, where m is its mass, g the acceleration due to gravity, and h the height of the shelf.

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potential energy

potential energy See ELEVATION POTENTIAL ENERGY; and HYDRAULIC HEAD.

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