electric potential

electric potential
noun
the difference in electrical charge between two points in a circuit expressed in volts
Hypernyms: ↑electrical phenomenon
Hyponyms: ↑evoked potential, ↑resting potential

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noun
: a quantity that in an electric field is roughly analogous to elevation or level in a gravity field and that is measured at any point by the potential energy of a unit positive charge placed at that point and reckoned with reference to some arbitrary zero of potential (as that at an infinite distance from all electric charges or for practical purposes that of the earth or any well-grounded conductor)

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1. Also called potential. Elect. (at any point in an electric field) the work done per unit charge in moving an infinitesimal point charge from a common reference point to the given point. Symbol: V
2. Physiol. See action potential.
[1870-75]

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