Associations to the word «Potential»


POTENTIAL, noun. Currently unrealized ability (with the most common adposition being to)
POTENTIAL, noun. (physics) The gravitational potential is the radial (irrotational, static) component of a gravitational field, also known as the Newtonian potential or the gravitoelectric field.
POTENTIAL, noun. (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.
POTENTIAL, noun. (grammar) A verbal construction or form stating something is possible or probable.
POTENTIAL, adjective. Existing in possibility, not in actuality.
POTENTIAL, adjective. (archaic) Being potent; endowed with energy adequate to a result; efficacious; influential.
POTENTIAL, adjective. (physics) A potential field is an irrotational (static) field.
POTENTIAL, adjective. (physics) A potential flow is an irrotational flow.
POTENTIAL, adjective. (grammar) Referring to a verbal construction of form stating something is possible or probable.
POTENTIAL DIFFERENCE, noun. The difference in potential energy between two points in an electric field; the difference in charge between two points in an electrical circuit; voltage
POTENTIAL ENERGY, noun. The energy possessed by an object because of its position (in a gravitational or electric field), or its condition (as a stretched or compressed spring, as a chemical reactant, or by having rest mass)
POTENTIAL MOOD, noun. (grammar) The grammatical mood expressing possibility and potential.
POTENTIAL MOODS, noun. Plural of potential mood
POTENTIAL TEMPERATURE, noun. The temperature a parcel of air would have if brought adiabatically to a standard reference pressure
POTENTIAL VORTICITIES, noun. Plural of potential vorticity
POTENTIAL VORTICITY, noun. (meteorology) a quantity which is proportional to the product of vorticity and stratification. When applied to air parcels, aids the understanding of cyclogenesis
POTENTIAL WELL, noun. (physics) The region surrounding a local minimum of potential energy.

Dictionary definition

POTENTIAL, noun. The inherent capacity for coming into being.
POTENTIAL, noun. The difference in electrical charge between two points in a circuit expressed in volts.
POTENTIAL, adjective. Existing in possibility; "a potential problem"; "possible uses of nuclear power".
POTENTIAL, adjective. Expected to become or be; in prospect; "potential clients".

Wise words

Words - so innocent and powerless as they are, as standing in a dictionary, how potent for good and evil they become in the hands of one who knows how to combine them.
Nathaniel Hawthorne