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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 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.

- specific forces have associated potentials, including the coulomb potential , the van der waals potential , the lennard-jones potential

- in physiology , an action potential is a short-lasting event in which the electrical membrane potential of a cell rapidly rises and falls

- in physics , potential energy is the energy of an object or a system due to the position of the body or the arrangement of the particles

- in classical electromagnetism , the electric potential (a scalar quantity denoted by ?, ? e or v and also called the electric field

- voltage, electrical potential difference, electric tension or electric pressure (denoted ?v and measured in units of electric potential :

- reduction potential (also known as redox potential, oxidation / reduction potential, orp, pe, ?, or e_h) is a measure of the tendency of a

- for non-interacting particles, the potential of the system only influences each particle separately, so the total potential energy is the

- in fluid dynamics , potential flow describes the velocity field as the gradient of a scalar function: the velocity potential .

- a potential well is the region surrounding a local minimum of potential energy . energy captured in a potential well is unable to convert

- scalar potential, simply stated, describes the situation where the difference in the potential energies of an object in two different

- in physiology , an action potential is a short-lasting event in which the electrical membrane potential of a cell rapidly rises and falls

- in physics , potential energy is the energy of an object or a system due to the position of the body or the arrangement of the particles

- in classical electromagnetism , the electric potential (a scalar quantity denoted by ?, ? e or v and also called the electric field

- voltage, electrical potential difference, electric tension or electric pressure (denoted ?v and measured in units of electric potential :

- reduction potential (also known as redox potential, oxidation / reduction potential, orp, pe, ?, or e_h) is a measure of the tendency of a

- for non-interacting particles, the potential of the system only influences each particle separately, so the total potential energy is the

- in fluid dynamics , potential flow describes the velocity field as the gradient of a scalar function: the velocity potential .

- a potential well is the region surrounding a local minimum of potential energy . energy captured in a potential well is unable to convert

- scalar potential, simply stated, describes the situation where the difference in the potential energies of an object in two different