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Potential

Potential

WordNet



adjective


(1)   Existing in possibility
"A potential problem"
"Possible uses of nuclear power"
(2)   Expected to become or be; in prospect
"Potential clients"
"Expected income"

noun


(3)   The difference in electrical charge between two points in a circuit expressed in volts
(4)   The inherent capacity for coming into being
Wiktonary



Etymology


From potentialis < < ; see potent.

Noun


  1. Currently unfulfilled capacity to improve, develop, and achieve impressive feats.
    Even from a young age it was clear that she had great musical potential.
  2. Anything that may be possible; a possibility; potentiality.
  3. 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 coordinates 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.
  4. 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.
  5. A verbal construction or form stating something is possible or probable.

Adjective



  1. Being potent; endowed with energy adequate to a result; efficacious; influential.
  2. Existing in possibility, not in actuality.
  3. Referring to a verbal construction of form stating something is possible or probable.